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FIFA Reduces Arellano Suspension

May 30, 2002

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FUKUI, Japan (AP) _ Mexico’s Jesus Arellano will only miss one World Cup game, after FIFA reduced the Mexican midfielder’s two-game suspension Thursday.

``I’ve just received the news, and honestly, this totally changes me,″ Arellano said. ``I’m very happy. I could barely sleep while I waited for the ruling. But now it’s official.″

Arellano picked up the suspension when he got into a shoving match with a Costa Rican opponent in Mexico’s penultimate qualifying game. But Mexican officials later appealed the decision.

The Mexican midfielder was included on the final roster although it wasn’t clear if he would be available for more than one match.

Arellano will miss Mexico’s opening Group G match, but is expected to play in the team’s second match against Ecuador on June 9.

Mexico has another player suspended _ the only team in the 32 missing two players. Midfielder Johan Rodriguez will miss the Croatia game after being suspended in the last qualifier against Honduras, which Rodriguez called a ``dumb play.″

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