The Associated Press article MEXICO CITY — The NFL has ruled that the players of the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos, who have been arrested in Mexico, are free to practice and compete in Mexico if they want.
The league’s executive vice president of legal affairs said Monday that the Patriots and Broncos are not being detained and that they will be able to continue practicing in Mexico without any problems.
“The players and the league have agreed to meet with Mexico to discuss the status of their participation in Mexico’s Copa America Centenario,” NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said in a statement.
“We will be meeting with the Mexican government as soon as possible to discuss what can be done to expedite the resolution of these issues.”
The NFL, which has played games in Mexico four times, announced in January that it would move its annual preseason exhibition games to Mexico City in 2019.
The two teams have played each other seven times since 1999.
The teams have not played since 2013, when they played in Mexico City.
Both teams will be eligible to play in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup, the next two seasons of the CONCACAF soccer competition.
The Associated News previously reported that the Broncos were considering moving their World Cup games to the United States, where fans can be more readily transported and are more easily acclimatized.
The NFL said it is aware of the move.
The U.S. Soccer Federation did not immediately return a request for comment.