Mexican former FC Barcelona star Rafael Marquez leaves after a press conference in Guadalajara, Mexico on August 9, 2017. Mexican footballer Rafael Márquez, a former captain of the Aztec national team, denied any involvement with criminal organizations on Wednesday after being accused of links to drug trafficking by the US Department of the Treasury. Pic/AFP
The U.S. Treasury Department said on Wednesday it had sanctioned Mexican soccer star Rafael Marquez for allegedly serving as a front man for a suspected drug trafficker.
Marquez, from the cartel-riddled state of Michoacan, played in Europe for club sides Barcelona and Monaco, and still occasionally captains the national team, having represented his country in four World Cups.
Marquez, along with singer Julio Cesar Alvarez and almost two dozen other Mexican nationals, is accused of financial ties with Raul Flores Hernandez, a suspected drug trafficker with links to the Sinaloa cartel and the Jalisco New Generation gang.
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