El Salvador stopper banned in sponsorship row

SAN SALVADOR - El Salvador goalkeeper Miguel Montes has been suspended for a year for refusing to wear the official national team kit, the Salvadorean Football Federation (FESFUT) said on Friday.

The ban on the 30-year-old Aguila goalkeeper, who used gloves and socks made by a different sponsor at the 2009 Gold Cup in the United States and has continued to do so, began on Thursday and ends on March 17, 2011.

"We have decided to fine the player $250 and impose on him a punishment of a one-year suspension because on repeated occasions he did not wear the sports kit provided by the official sponsor Mitre while playing for the national team," the FESFUT said in a statement.

The federation signed a $600,000 deal with the sponsor in 2008.

Montes was a key player in the Salvadorean side that reached the six-nation third and final round of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers last year but failed to reach the 2010 finals in South Africa.

El Salvador last played at the finals in Spain in 1982.

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