But more than two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, defections still take place from the remaining communist-ruled countries such as China, North Korea and Cuba. Canadians got a reminder on Saturday when it was confirmed that three members of the Cuban men's national soccer team defected on Thursday, on the eve of a match with Canada in Toronto, The Canadian Press reported.
Suspicions were raised when Cuba managed to field only the bare minimum 11 players against the Canadians, who won the match 3-0.
The world soccer sanctioning body, FIFA, confirmed via email to CP that three players had defected. A fourth player who also didn't make the match turned out to be sick.
Cuban coach Alexander Gonzalez lamented the men's decision.
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