The Arsenal reserve and occasional last-minute goal-dinker Carlos Vela is the big name here. But only one transvestite in there, The Mill notes. Looks like a dangerously unbalanced squad. What if the tranny picks up a niggle? You're putting square pegs in round holes already. The Mexican FA is "probing" and the lone transvestite is called Gema. Carlos Salcido, seen posing with the very nice-looking Gema, says: "I offer a personal apology, but the papers say we hired 15 prostitutes including a transvestite - and that did not happen. We had a few drinks, but that is as far as it went." Typical. The Mill's thoughts are with Gema at this time
Vela, who scored twice in the Gunners' 6-0 thrashing of FC Braga on Wednesday, and Salcido were among three players pictured cosying up to a blonde called Gema, apparently unaware "she" was a transvestite.
The embarrassing snaps were posted on the Mexican La Aficion sports website yesterday, beside images from Gema's own site, on which she offers a menu of kinky sex services.
Players last night denied they had paid vice girls - and insisted they had innocently hired a hotel ballroom for a celebration with family and friends after abandoning a planned night out due to security fears.
Salcido, 30, said: "If there is a fine to pay, I will accept it. I offer a personal apology, but the papers say we hired 15 prostitutes including a transvestite - and that did not happen.
"We had a few drinks, but that is as far as it went."