Blanco loses bet and dons Guadalajara shirt

MEXICO CITY - Mexico's World Cup striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco showed he was a man of his word and wore the shirt of arch-rivals Guadalajara after losing a bet that his beloved America would win Sunday's "clasico".

"Game debts are debts of honour, I'm going to come out in a rash," the 37-year-old said as he put on Guadalajara's red and white stripes during his television programme The Cuauhtemoc Blanco Hour on Monday night.

Blanco, a skilled ball player now with second division Veracruz, spent the better part of his career at America who lost 1-0 at the Jalisco in Guadalajara on Sunday.

The controversial Blanco, who quit the Mexico team and missed the 2006 World Cup over differences with former coach Ricardo La Volpe, made a comeback under Javier Aguirre and looks set to go to his third finals.

"It's very likely that South Africa will be my last World Cup so I want to enjoy it," Blanco said during his programme.

The team will gather on April 12 to prepare for three warm-up matches in the U.S. followed by a "farewell" game at the Azteca in Mexico City against Chile on May 16 and a European tour.

Mexico face hosts South Africa in the tournament's inaugural match on June 11. They also meet France and Uruguay in Group A.

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