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12.15.2007

International Peruvian footballers involved in hotel scandal

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Chelsea FC forward Claudio Pizarro, PSV Jefferson Farfan and UD Almeria Santiago Acasiete were among four Peru internationals suspended from the national team on Friday for holding a hotel party before losing to Ecuador in a World Cup qualifier.

Andres Mendoza of Ukraine's Metallurg, also was suspended by the Peruvian Football Federation's commission in charge of the South Africa 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.

"I can announce that we have decided on a definitive suspension," commission head Juvenal Silva said. "We've been firm and have decided unanimously to suspend these players."

The federation must ratify the commission's decision.

The scandal erupted after Peruvian journalist Jaime Bayly reported on his weekly television program "The Sharpshooter" that some national players were "drinking with women" in their hotel rooms after the 1-1 draw with Brazil on Nov. 18 in Lima.

And three days later, Peru lost to Ecuador 5-1 in Quito and lie ninth in the 10-team South American standings.

In fact, the footballers were supposed to abstain from partying during the qualifying rounds, which Peru officials call "a period of concentration."

Silva said Peru coach Jose "Chemo" del Solar was not to blame.

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