Eight of Mexico’s Copa America squad sent home after prostitute scandal
Eight of Mexico’s national team players have been sent home from the squad’s Copa America training camp after bringing prostitutes back to their hotel.
The squad is down to 14 players after Jonathan dos Santos, Nestor Vidrio, Javier Cortes, David Cabrera, Nestor Claderon, Israel Jimenez, Jorge Hernandez and Marco Fabian were all sent backing today. The squad is due to fly to Argentina for the start of the tournament from their training base in Ecuador within hours.
The randy eight were caught after team-mates reported items, including laptops, iPads, mobile phones and cash, had been taken from their rooms.
The hotel’s CCTV footage showed a member of the squad’s backroom staff bringing prostitutes to the players’ rooms.
Hotel manager Robert Ramia said: “We have videos of the women going into the rooms, brought in by a team manager of the Mexican national side.”
The hotel’s investigation uncovered condoms and discarded room keys in bins in the room of Jonathan dos Santos – brother of Spurs’ Giovani – and Nestor Vidrio.
Of course, Mexican football is not unaccustomed to prostitute scandals. Some 11 squad members were fined or banned last September after hiring 14 prostitutes to celebrate a win over Colombian. A transvestite hooker went on national TV claiming to have performed a sex act on Fulham’s Carlos Salcido.