MEXICO CITY (AP) – Pumas defender Alan Mozo was suspended after violating the health protocols established by Liga MX to mitigate the transmission of the coronavirus, when he attended a meeting in which he did not wear a mask or respect social distancing measures .
Pumas announced the punishment Saturday night in a statement. He explained that the player will not travel for the match against Querétaro, scheduled for this Sunday and corresponding to the third date of the Mexican Apertura tournament.
Mozo appears in a video that went viral on social networks. The images show him in a public place at night, accompanied by at least two people without wearing a mask and sipping the contents of small glasses, such as those used to drink tequila.
“Derived from the video broadcast through social networks, where our player Alan Mozo is observed committing an act of indiscipline that breaks with the health protocols of the club and Liga MX, the board determined that he will not travel to Querétaro, in addition to that is suspended ”, informed the club in a statement.
Pumas specified that the player must now complete a two-week isolation, as indicated in the protocols, and will return with the squad when he obtains a negative test.
“At Pumas we are committed to discipline and respect for internal sanitary indications, but also those established by Liga MX,” the club added in its statement.
Shortly after, Liga MX issued a statement, in which it explained that several provisions on the matter came into force on Saturday, agreed with the clubs. One of these contemplates a sanction of even 100,000 pesos (about 5,000 dollars) for any member of organized football who is “caught not respecting the Health Protocol.”
“It should be noted that, in cases of indiscipline prior to the aforementioned date, it was the Clubs themselves who applied the sanctions according to their internal regulations,” the statement reads.
Last Wednesday, after Monterrey registered 19 infected in its first team, the president of the MX League, Mikel Arriola, met with the sports directors of all the clubs to ask them to toughen the measures in order to avoid infections.
The lack of a Mozo constitutes the second such case of indiscipline on the part of a first division player in a week and occurs at a time when Mexico is going through the most critical moment of the pandemic.
Last Saturday, Uruguayan forward Jonathan Rodríguez appeared in another video, during a party in which the presence of women and the consumption of alcoholic beverages were appreciated. The player accepted that the video was recorded the night before his match for the second date against Puebla.
The “Cabecita” Rodríguez apologized, the club sanctioned him financially and left him out of the call for the match of the third day.
As of Friday night, Mexico reported 147,614 deaths from coronavirus and a hospital occupancy that is around 80%.