Mexico’s soccer world is still reeling from the horrific killing of 22-year-old midfielder Miguel Angel Perez, who was gunned down outside his home in the country’s capital last Friday.
His death remains under investigation and has prompted intense debate in Mexico, where the country is a major soccer power.
The story of Miguel Angel’s life and death is just one of many that will unfold over the next three weeks, as Mexico hosts the final of the 2017 World Cups.
Mexico will host the tournament on July 14, 2019, with the winner taking home a berth in the 2018 World Cup.
Mexico’s national soccer federation has released a statement saying the 22-player lineup for the 2019 tournament is being assembled and will be announced in due course.
Perez’s family said he had been killed because of a dispute over a soccer match at a sports bar.
A man later shot Perez dead after Perez allegedly pointed a gun at him.
The death of Miguel Perez sparked outrage in Mexico and sparked a debate over whether the country was being unfairly targeted by the tournament organizers.
But the government has denied that the tournament is unfair.
“Mexico is in the process of assembling a national team, which will be led by a coach and an executive committee,” said FIFA vice president Jerome Valcke in a statement.
“We have requested that the government provide details about the training program of the national team.”
The 2022 World Cup in Russia has already been marred by a series of scandals, including allegations of bribery and corruption, and this year’s tournament will also be held in a country where many believe the government will use its position to stifle the sport.
The 2018 World Football Cup, which Mexico hosted in Russia, was held in the United Arab Emirates after allegations of corruption and corruption-related issues in Qatar were found.
The 2022 edition of the tournament will be held the same month, with Brazil, Colombia and Australia all set to take part.