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Mexico Suspends Eight Players From Copa America Team For 6 Months

Mexico Players Suspended Copa America

First Posted: 06/28/11 02:57 PM ET Updated: 08/28/11 06:12 AM ET

The Mexican Football Federation announced on Tuesday that eight players from Mexico's Copa America team were suspended for six months violating team training rules.

Although the Mexican federation did not disclose the details, the incidents reportedly involved prostitutes visiting the players at their hotel during their training in Ecuador.

Israel Jimenez, Nestor Vidrio, Jonathan Dos Santos, Marco Fabian, Jorge Hernandez, Javier Cortes, David Cabrera and Nestor Calderon are the players suspended.

The players were also fined $4,100 each. They are expected to be replaced.

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"I am not going into details of what happened," said Hector Gonzalez Inarritu, director of national teams selection. "The rules were broken, the code of discipline was broken and I have to act."

The 2011 Copa America begins on Friday in Argentina.

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