MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – The Cruz Azul board of directors, along with Liga MX, publicly denounced for the first time a children’s party hosted by defenseman Julio Cesar “Kata” Dominguez, who apologized for drug trafficking during Will be, according to images released by himself on Friday.
Through a joint statement, the club and the highest division of Mexican football confirmed that Cruz Azul had already taken unspecified measures on the matter in accordance with its disciplinary regulations.
Dominguez posted photos of his 12-year-old son Matias’ birthday party on his Instagram account. The images showed children wearing toy weapons and wearing hats and ski masks, with legends such as “La Chapiza” and “JGL”, the initials of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, aka “El Chapo”, who is serving a life sentence in the United States.
In the same week as the publication by the 35-year-old defender, the Mexican military arrested Ovidio Guzmán López, the son of “El Chapo,” in an operation that killed 10 members of the armed forces and 19 suspected drug traffickers.
Guzmán López is being held in a maximum security prison in the center of the country, awaiting an arrest warrant issued by the United States.
The joint statement said that Cruz Azul and Liga MX “reject the facts and disapprove of any demonstrations promoting violence.” “Cruz Azul Soccer Club, in accordance with its internal regulations, took preventive and corrective measures from the outset to resolve this situation and prevent it from happening again.”
After the uproar and criticism caused by the drug-themed children’s party on social networks, Dominguez deleted his first publication. He offered a public apology through the same channel, admitting that he had made a mistake.
On Monday, he reiterated his apology via video.
In a message broadcast through the Blue Cross network, Dominguez said, “In recent days, images of a family party with a theme that, with good reason, caused outrage in Mexican society … Initially, it was a It was a very popular video game.”
“It was a mistake and I want to sincerely apologize to public opinion, the fans, my teammates and fellow players, the clubs, Liga MX and the Mexican Football Federation for these unfortunate incidents,” the player said in the video. “It was a private event and completely unrelated to my profession, so I want to disassociate Liga MX and Cruz Azul Club from that meeting.”
Cruz Azul left Dominguez out of the squad to face Tijuana on Sunday at the start of the Clausura 2023 championship. This would have been one of the disciplinary measures mentioned in the statement.
“Kata” Dominguez has belonged to Cruz Azul throughout his career, which began in 2006 in the professional arena. He is the most capped footballer in Sky Blue history with 640.
He was part of the team that was crowned in the Clausura 2021 league, with the institution ending a long fast without a championship that lasted until the winter of 1997.