FIFA orders Mexico to forfeit Zendejas matches


Mexico was ordered to forfeit a pair of friendlies and fined 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,900) by FIFA for utilizing American ahead Alejandro Zendejas.

FIFA stated Mexico additionally was ordered to forfeit three under-23 matches during which it used Zendejas.

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The governing physique didn’t announce the penalty till Thursday, a day after it was contacted by The Related Press following the U.S. Soccer Federation choosing Zendejas for subsequent week’s video games towards Serbia and Colombia, the primary for the United States for the reason that World Cup.

The 24-year-old ahead began three matches for the USA on the 2015 Beneath-17 World Cup, the place he was a teammate of Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams.

“FIFA can confirm that it has imposed a fine of CHF 10,000 on the Mexican Football Association for breaches of article 5 of the Regulations Governing the Application (RGAS) of the FIFA Statutes following the fielding of the player Alejandro Zendejas,” the governing body said in a statement.

“Apart from the high quality, all matches have been declared forfeited. Primarily based on the relevant provisions of the RGAS, the participant stays nonetheless eligible to play for the consultant groups of the USA.”

Beneath FIFA’s statutes, as a result of Zendejas performed in an official competitors for a U.S. youth nationwide workforce, he would have needed to apply to FIFA for a one-time change in affiliation with a purpose to seem for a Mexican nationwide workforce.

Among the many forfeits, FIFA listed a match towards Ecuador on Oct. 28, 2021, at Charlotte, North Carolina, which Mexico misplaced 3-2 as Zendejas entered for Uriel Antuna within the 66th minute; and a recreation towards Guatemala final April 22 at Orlando, Florida, which resulted in a 0-0 draw as Zendejas began and performed till the 72nd minute.

Mexico additionally was ordered to forfeit under-23 matches towards Romania (a 1-0 win on June 5, 2021), towards Saudi Arabia (a 1-1 draw that June 8) and towards Australia (a 3-2 win that June 12).

All of the forfeits change into 3-0 defeats.

The change within the senior nationwide workforce matches can have a small influence on Mexico’s FIFA rating.

Zendejas was within the youth academy of Main League Soccer’s FC Dallas, which listed him having been born in El Paso, Texas.

He made his MLS debut towards Houston on Might 1, 2015, and transferred to Mexico’s Chivas in June 2016, then was loaned to Zacatepec in June 2017.

Zendejas transferred to Necaxa in June 2020 and to Membership America in January 2022.

Zendejas was amongst 24 gamers chosen Wednesday by U.S. interim coach Anthony Hudson for matches towards Serbia on Jan. 25 at Los Angeles and Colombia three days later at Carson, California.

He’s amongst 13 gamers on the roster who may make U.S. nationwide workforce debuts.

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