Five players, including two each from Uruguay and England, will not play in the second round of the World Cup because they are serving suspensions, the international soccer federation (FIFA) confirmed today.
FIFA said that the two Uruguayans who will miss their team's match against Argentina in Puebla on Monday are midfielder Jose Batista and defender Victor Diogo.
Batista was sent off in the first minute of Uruguay's first-round match against Scotland Friday. Diogo received his second caution of the tournament in the same game, when the South American champions held on for a 0-0 tie to remain in the competition.
England also will be without two regulars for Wednesday's game with Paraguay in Mexico City. Assistant captain Ray Wilkins was ejected in his team's second match of the first round -- against Morocco -- for throwing the ball at the referee.
He missed England's 3-0 victory over Poland Thursday that clinched his team's place in the second round. Defender Terry Fenwick also will miss the Paraguay game for having received two yellow cards in the tournament.
Denmark's Frank Arnesen is the fifth player forced out of the second round by suspension. The star midfielder was expelled for a foul in the final seconds of Friday's game against West Germany. He already had been cautioned. Arnesen thus will miss his team's game against Spain Wednesday in Queretaro.
During the 1934 World Cup in Italy, German players were allowed to write 15 postcards, paid for by the German soccer association, and they were given a per diem of 5 deutsche marks.
Those were considered adequate perks for the country's best soccer players.
A half-century later, West German players officially will earn $14,000 apiece if they make the quarterfinals of the Cup, $23,000 for the semifinals and $35,000 if they win the title. Unofficially, they each will make at least $15,000 from sponsors just for being here.
The numbers may pale next to U.S. sports salaries, but they do not tell the whole story. Many players cut individual sponsorship and endorsement deals to supplement their incomes, and most players on the team that wins the Cup championship stand to double or triple their salaries in league play.
The best-known players, such as Argentina's Diego Maradona, France's Michel Platini and Italy's Paolo Rossi, earn up to $2 million a year from club contracts and personal endorsements. Uruguay's Enzo Francescoli just signed with Real Paris of the French league -- a five-year, $4 million contract with a rent-free apartment, two chauffeur-driven limousines and 22 first-class round trip air tickets a year to Montevideo, Uruguay.
Strictly in terms of World Cup payments, the defending champion Italians are the best rewarded. Each Italian player received about a $130,000 bonus for winning the Cup in 1982.
This year, the Italians received $13,000 per man for reaching the second round. The bonus climbs to $75,000 apiece for gaining the semifinals and $250,000 for winning another championship.
According to published reports, the French players would get $150,000 each for the title, the Brazilians would get $100,000, the Spanish $75,000 and the English $50,000.
Players for Eastern-bloc teams, such as the Soviet Union and Bulgaria, reportedly do not receive cash bonuses, but receive other perks -- special living and shopping arrangements, for example -- for playing on the national team.
Then there is the case of the Portuguese, who staged a walkout before the Cup began and threatened a boycott. The Portuguese wanted to double their match fee from $2,000 to $4,000 a player.
Brazil, bothered by injuries for weeks, expects star midfielder Zico to be ready for Monday's match against Poland in Guadalajara. Zico, 33, tested his left knee Thursday against Northern Ireland in his first Cup appearance. He said there was "no pain" during his 20-minute stint.
Muller, Brazil's 20-year-old right winger, twisted his left ankle against Northern Ireland but is expected to play Monday.