NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – Mexico will miss two friendly matches and be fined 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,900) by FIFA for fouling U.S. forward Alejandro Zendejas.
FIFA reported that Mexico would also lose three matches in the Sub233 category in which it fielded Zendejas.
The governing body did not announce the sanction until Thursday, a day after the United States Soccer Federation contacted The Associated Press to call Zendejas up for next week’s warm-up matches against Serbia and Colombia. Queue.
The 24-year-old Zendejas debuted for the United States at the 2015 U17 World Cup, where he was teammates with Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams.
“FIFA can confirm that it has imposed a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs on the Mexican Football Federation, pursuant to Article 5 of the Regulation on the Application of FIFA Laws (RGAS) following the call-up of player Alejandro Zendejas,” the agency said. imposed for infringement.” .It is a statement.
“Except for the penalty, all matches (disputed by Zendejas with Mexico) are declared as lost. Per the provisions of the RGAS, however, the player remains eligible to play for the United States national teams. “
Under FIFA laws, since Zendejas had participated in an official competition for the United States youth national team, a change of affiliation had to be implemented to FIFA once he was eligible to play for the Mexican national team.
In reverse results, FIFA included a match against Ecuador on October 28, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina, which Mexico lost 3–2 and in which Zendejas came on for Uriel Antuna on 66 minutes. as well as the match against Guatemala on 22 April in Orlando, Florida, which ended 0–0 and in which Zendejas started and was substituted after 72 minutes.
Mexico U23 team lost matches against Romania (1-0 win on June 5, 2021), against Saudi Arabia (1-1 draw on June 8) and against Australia (3-2 win) The announcement was made June 12).
All losses result in 3-0 results. The change in results in senior team matches will have little impact on Mexico’s FIFA rankings.
Zendejas was trained in the youth academy of MLS FC Dallas, born in El Paso, Texas. He made his MLS debut on May 1, 2015 against Houston, was transferred to Chivas de México in June 2016, and then loaned to Zacatepec in June 2017. Zendejas is transferred to Necaxa in June 2020 and to the US in January 2022.
Zendejas was included in a group of 24 players called by United States interim coach Anthony Hudson for games against Serbia on January 25 in Los Angeles and Colombia three days later in Carson, California. He is one of 13 players on the list who could make their debut for the United States national team.