The saga surrounding Giovani Dos Santos’ integration into the Mexico squad continues to rumble on, with Mallorca and the Mexican federation (FMF) at loggerheads and the player still in Spain.
The situation appeared to be resolved on Thursday, with FIFA reminding Mallorca that it has an obligation to let Dos Santos leave, but, backed by the Liga del Futbol Profesional (LFP), the last-placed La Liga club is standing its ground.
“The club is kidnapping the player and the rule is clear,” said Mexico national teams director Hector Gonzalez Inarritu in Thursday’s press conference. “We are going to make a complaint and the federation’s legal team is talking to FIFA to resolve the case.”
Gonzalez Inarritu added that Dos Santos had traveled from the Balearic Island to Barcelona to catch the flight over to Houston, where Mexico is facing Nigeria in a tune-up friendly, before Mallorca stopped him.
The root of the problem is that Mexico’s World Cup qualifier against Jamaica was moved forward to Tuesday due to El Tri’s Confederations Cup commitments. That meant Mallorca is obliged to release the player four days before the game, but with the club facing a last-ditch attempt to stay in La Liga on Saturday against Real Valladolid, it has been desperate to keep Dos Santos.
Just when the Monterrey-born Dos Santos is to arrive with Mexico is yet to be decided, as is his participation in Mallorca’s match on Saturday.