The news fell as a bomb in Mexico’s football scene, in the whole country actually, given that this is about the captain of the national team, one of the players Mexicans are mostly proud of, for what he has accomplished in his career.
Rafa Marquez has been identified by the United States department of the Treasury as one of the 22 individuals on whom a major drug lord, Raul Flores Hernandez, “heavily relies to further his drug trafficking and money laundering activities”.
I want to ask for respect for my family regarding this situation. Just like I have looked after my career as a professional, today is my toughest game and I intend to clarify all of this
the former Barcelona defender said at a Press conference.
I categorically deny any type of relation with this organization and with what has been stated in several news reports. I understand the legal situation that I find myself in and I will immediately work on clearing up the facts alongside my team of attorneys
a very cautious Marquez also said, picking his words carefully, knowing that at this stage, anything he says may be read and perceived in different ways, depending on who is listening.