Reports out of Honduras today are that the FIFA disciplinary committee has settled the compliant made by the Honduran FA against Sporting Kansas City and will announce the decision on Monday or Tuesday of next week. The complaint stems from Sporting’s playing of Roger Espinoza in their game against the Montreal Impact on June 10th after he turned down a call up by the Honduran national team for a back injury.
The Honduran FA chose not to file a complaint against Espinoza specifically, instead choosing to just file against KC. With the decision in the hands of FIFA though, Espinoza could still be punished by the game’s governing body when they hand down their decision.
For their part, KC believe that they have followed the rules laid out by FIFA and Peter Vermes has been quoted as saying: “Since my time here, we have never rejected a player getting called up to his national team.”
A decision against Sporting by FIFA could result in sanctions, ranging from a fine to KC having to forfeit their 1-1 draw with Montreal. Espinoza could also earn a fine or suspension from FIFA for not appearing for his national team.