Jonathan dos Santos & Nestor Vidrio among eight players dropped from Mexico squad after prostitution scandal

The Barcelona youngster is among several members of the U-22 squad who will not play the Copa, after being caught up in a sex scandal while with the team

Eight Mexican U-22 stars, including Barcelona's Jonathan dos Santos and Nestor Vidrio of Atlas have been sanctioned by the national side and excluded from the Copa America, after it was discovered that they were using prostitutes in the Tricolor's pre-Copa base in Quito.

National team personnel director Hector Gonzalez confirmed on Tuesday that the pair is two of a total of eight Mexican youngsters sanctioned as a result of the scandal. Marco Fabian, Javier Cortes, David Cabrera, Nestor Calderon, Israel Jimenez and Liborio Sanchez have also been sent home.

The eight players in question have been fined 50,000 Mexican pesos (€2,944) and will face a six-month suspension period.

Gonzalez also confirmed that Edgar Pacheco, Alan Pulido, Alvarez, Emilio Orrantia, Antonio Gallardo, Ulises Davila, Diego de Buen and Oswaldo Alanis would replace the suspended players.

According to a source in the Mexican Football Federation, the case came to light after a friendly against Ecuador, when several players reported missing belongings from their room and alleged a break-in. Hotel staff denied the claims and blamed the robberies on girls taken back to hotel rooms who worked in the sex industry.

Nine players, including Dos Santos and Vidrio, suffered robberies of personal possessions. Articles worth a total of MX$150,000 (€8800) were reported missing.

The scandal is the latest headache for the North American nation, who last month had to fight claims of doping after a host of players tested positive for banned substance Clenbuterol.

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