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Joao Plata reportedly among five suspended from Ecuador national team

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Plata is reportedly one of five players suspended by the FEF.

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Real Salt Lake winger Joao Plata, who only just got back into the Ecuadorian national team after a long spell out, looks to be on the outs with the organization.

The Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol, the ruling football body there, released a statement that five players had been unanimously suspended from participation with the Ecuadorian national team because of indiscipline. The names of those players were not officially released, but reporters from Ecuador released the full list.

That list, as above, includes Jefferson Orejuela, Enner Valencia, Joao Plata, Gabriel Cortez, and Robert Arboleda.

It will certainly be a blow for Plata, who saw his stock rise with the national team as he returned to form at Real Salt Lake.

The statement follows:

En sesión de Directorio de la Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol, celebrada el día de hoy jueves 12 de octubre, se procedió al conocimiento, análisis y resolución del caso de indisciplina presentado durante la concentración de la Selección Ecuatoriana de Fútbol, previo al partido frente al combinado nacional de Argentina correspondiente a la última fecha de las Eliminatorias Sudamericanas para la Copa Mundial de Fútbol Rusia 2018.

Una vez conocido el informe del Prof. Jorge Célico, donde se detallan los hechos suscitados, el directorio de manera UNÁNIME resolvió SUSPENDER INDEFINIDAMENTE, de toda participación en la Selección Ecuatoriana, a los cinco jugadores que participaron en el acto.

De esta manera el Directorio de la FEF sienta un muy severo precedente para futuras convocatorias.

Translated, via Google Translate:

At a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Ecuadorian Football Federation, held on Thursday, October 12, the case of indiscipline presented during the Ecuadorian National Team Football, prior to the match against the national team of Argentina corresponding to the last date of the South American Qualifiers for the World Cup of Soccer Russia 2018.

Once the report of Prof. Jorge Célico was known, detailing the facts raised, the directory UNANIMOUSLY resolved to SUSPEND INDEFINITELY , of all participation in the Ecuadorian Selection, to the five players who participated in the act.

In this way the Board of the ETF sets a very severe precedent for future calls.