Rafael Marquez, a former Barcelona defender and the current captain of Mexico has been blacklisted among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organisation, the United States Treasury announced on Wednesday.

In a statement made available Wednesday, the Treasury will also sanction 43 entities in Mexico, including a football team and casino.

The sanctions are as a result of a multi-year investigation of the drug trafficking organization allegedly headed by Raul Flores Hernandez.

The sanctions freeze all US assets of the people and entities named and forbid US citizens from doing business with them.

Rafael Marquez, who played as a central defender for Barcelona, Monaco, and New York Red Bull among several other clubs, is yet to react to the sanction.

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