Real Mallorca’s largest shareholder Lorenzo Serra Ferrer has put a block on Giovani dos Santos’ release for the Mexican national team.
La COPE claims that Ferrer has sent a letter to the Mexican Football Federation informing them the 24-year-old midfielder will not be joining up with his country’s squad before their World Cup 2014 qualifier with Jamaica next week.
Mallorca are currently bottom of La Liga and need to beat Real Valladolid at home this weekend in the final game to have any chance of staying up – hence Ferrer’s insistence on having one of boss Gregorio Manzano’s key men available for the game.
Mexico have already appealed to FIFA law, which states that a player called up must be allowed to join the group five days before an international.
However, Ferrer has countered this by claiming that even though it is an official match, the June 4 date is not one designated by FIFA for internationals as the fixture has been brought forward to allow Mexico to compete in the Confederation Cup in Brazil.