Marquez trains for national team with no logos on jersey

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MEXICO CITY (AP) Mexican defender Rafael Marquez trained with Mexico ahead of the World Cup wearing a logo-free jersey on Thursday.

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The U.S. Treasury Department named him last year on a sanctions list for alleged trafficking ties.

During Thursday’s practice, other players wore black shirts with the logos of three sponsors on the chest. Marquez’s was blank.

Marquez was not made available to the media.

The Mexican Soccer Federation said in a statement that him training without a logo was a decision taken to avoid “prejudicing or incurring in actions that could harm” Marquez or the federation.

Last August, Marquez was among 22 people sanctioned by the department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. He was accused of acting as a frontman for the Raul Flores Hernandez drug trafficking organization.

Marquez has denied wrongdoing and vowed to clear his name. His inclusion in the final squad for Russia has been in doubt over the allegations.