ZURICH, Switzerland -- World soccer's governing body has banned Mexico from international competition for two years for cheating on age limits in an under-21 match, FIFA announced Thursday.
The ban covers all games played under the auspices of FIFA, including this year's Summer Olympics and the 1990 World Cup.
FIFA's Executive Committee dealt the punishment after studying documents proving that the Mexican team cheated on age limits in an under-21 match against Guatemala last April.
'The committee resorted to this harsh punishment to serve as a strong warning for others contemplating cheating on age limits,' FIFA spokesman Guido Tognoni said.
According to the by-laws, no appeal against the ban is possible.
Guillermo Canedo, the Mexican member of the FIFA Executive Committee, left the meeting before it ended and was not available for comment.
In the past, such transgressions resulted only in the suspension of under-21 teams from the respective countries, such as Honduras in 1981 and North Korea in 1982. Such suspensions had little effect.
Mexico will have to forfeit its places in the Olympic tournament at Seoul, South Korea, the World Junior Championships of 1989 in Saudi Arabia and in the World Cup qualifying competition for 1990 finals.
According to FIFA, the U.S. national junior team will replace Mexico in the World Junior Championships, while no decision has been made yet which country will take Mexico's spot at Seoul.