The Mexican national team’s usage of Alejandro Zendejas on five different occasions has led to the federation being handled down several punishments by FIFA on Thursday.
Mexico was ordered to forfeit a pair of friendlies and was also fined $10,900 for using the American forward, FIFA announced. In addition, Mexico was also ordered to forfeit three Under-23 matches in which Zendejas featured in.
Zendejas’ involvement at the 2015 FIFA Under-17 World Cup for the United States means he would need to file a one-time switch with FIFA to represent El Tri. The Club American forward was called up to the USMNT’s January camp on Wednesday ahead of friendlies against Serbia and Colombia.
Zendejas is a former product of FC Dallas’ academy and made his MLS debut in May 2015. He moved to Liga MX side Chivas de Guadalajara in June 2016 before eventually moving to Necaxa in June 2020 and Club America in January 2022.
He has six goals and two assists in combined appearances for Club America this season.
“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,” FIFA said in a statement.
“Besides the fine, all matches have been declared forfeited. Based on the applicable provisions of the RGAS, the player remains however eligible to play for the representative teams of the USA.”
FIFA listed a 3-2 Mexico friendly loss to Ecuador in October 2021 and a 0-0 draw with Guatemala in April 2022 as the two senior matches forfeited. In addition, Mexico was also ordered to forfeit two Under-23 victories against Romania (June 2021) and Australia (June 2021), and a 1-1 draw against Saudi Arabia (June 2021).
Mexico is next in action this March as it continues its Concacaf Nations League schedule against Suriname and Jamaica.