With most Premier League clubs not letting their players fly to red list countries to join their national teams, there’s of course some anger going on during this international break.
The latest sign of discontent now comes from Mexico, where their manager and their federation show their disappointment with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
After waiting so long to have Raul Jimenez playing for them, the national team were hopeful he’d be available for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
That didn’t happen, and now we see a few quotes coming out to show their dissatisfaction.
In a press conference, manager Tata Martino claimed Mexico thought they had a good relationship with Wolves from the time Jimenez was recovering from his head injury, and are now disappointed by the club’s decision.
“We’ve behaved in the way that we understood that it had to be done, where Raul was still at the end of his injury, and we understood that it was a risk and that reciprocity is usually bypassed,” said Martino (via Medio Tiempo).
“We are people who understand that health is above all and Raul’s thing was not a minor issue. We understand that he shouldn’t be there and now they do not allow him to leave and there’s not that reciprocity that we’d like to have.”
And on the official website of Mexico’s national team, it’s said Wolves could even be punished by FIFA for not letting Jimenez join them.
“Faced with this refusal, the Mexican Football Federation has made the necessary arrangements before the corresponding instances of FIFA, who today notified the Wolverhampton club that if the player is not released, he will not be eligible to participate with his club, during the FIFA window plus an additional period of 5 days.
In addition to mentioning that the club may receive additional sanctions.”