- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

MEXICO CITY (AP) - FIFA has suspended Mexican national team defender Rafael Marquez for two matches for unsportsmanlike behavior during the Feb. 11 U.S.-Mexico match.

Marquez, who plays for Barcelona in the Spanish league, will have to sit out Mexico’s March 28 World Cup qualifying match against Costa Rica and the April 1 matchup with Honduras.

The sanction was for Marquez’s kick to the leg of U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard. Marquez, the team captain, was sent off and Mexico lost 2-0 in the opening game of the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for next year’s World Cup.

FIFA’s disciplinary commission also issued the same suspension against assistant manager Francisco Ramirez.

(This version CORRECTS Corrects to suspension handed out by FIFA)

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