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Mexican national team returns to Monterrey 8 years after scandal

MEXICO SOCCER | 11 de octubre de 2018

Monterrey, Mexico, Oct 11 (efe-epa).- The Mexican national soccer team is returning this week to the northern industrial city of Monterrey, where 13 players were sanctioned for attending a party without permission in 2010, causing tensions between players and Mexican Soccer Federation executives.

Like now, the national side had just participated in a World Cup - South Africa back then - and the Mexican team was under the helm of an interim coach.

"The truth is I didn't even hear about that," Efrain Flores, the team's provisional coach said when asked about the scandal. "It wasn't until I got back home that I found out about the serious problem, because the unfortunate event also marked me as a coach."

Having just beaten the Colombian side, the national team went back to their hotel, where the players had dinner and engaged in misconduct with prostitutes until the small hours of the night.

Nestor de la Torre, former head of the Mexican soccer governing body, said that each player involved was fined with 50,000 pesos ($3,846), additionally suspending Efrain Juarez and Carlos Vela for six months for violating the institution's code of ethics.

The episode unleashed a battle between players and executives, and ended with De la Torre being fired and Vela's refusal to ever stand by the team again.

Eight years later, the national team reappeared in Monterrey, albeit under different circumstances and under the helm of Ricardo Ferretti, a coach set on enforcing more stringent rules.

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