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Ecuador FA suspends five players after reports of pre-Argentina party

Ecuador FA suspends five players after reports of pre-Argentina party
From ESPN - October 13, 2017

The Ecuador Football Federation (FEF) has suspended five national team players indefinitely for indiscipline after they reportedly left their team hotel to go to a party ahead of Tuesday's 3-1 home defeat to Argentina in Quito.

The players were not named by the federation but according to El Comercio newspaper, two started in the World Cup qualifying defeat against Argentina.

A statement from the FEF read: "Following the case of indiscipline during the national team camp ahead of Ecuador's game against Argentina, the team's final South American World Cup qualifier, and having analysed the report made by [national team coach] Prof. Jorge Celico, where the facts are explained in detail, we have unanimously decided to INDEFINITELY SUSPEND from all Ecuador national team appearances the five players that took part in that act. In this way, the FEF wishes to set a very severe precedent for future call-ups."

The story emerged after local journalist Reinaldo Romero of Radio La Red reported the episode on his Twitter account.

He tweeted: "We started to lose the game against Argentina between Friday night and the early hours of Saturday. The FEF knows it. Five players, despite security warnings and against national team rules, went out partying."

Romero said he was made aware by a "player, who was annoyed" and urged the FEF to take "action."

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