Liga MX gives in to referee demands

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By: Jonny Rico
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It was a weird weekend in Mexico. There was no Liga MX. No, it wasn’t a FIFA international break that caused the league to pause. The ball wasn’t rolling in Mexico because the referees got upset. And today they got exactly what they wanted.

The nine referees scheduled to officiate Week 10 of the 2017 Clausura season of Liga MX refused to show up because they felt Pablo Aguilar (Club America) and Enrique Triverio received light sanctions for their reds cards.

Aguilar was given a 10-match suspension and Triverio an 8-game suspension, both for making physical contact with the official while protesting.

The referees considered these punishments to be too light and demanded both players be handed one-year bans.

On Sunday evening the league sent out a press release informing everyone that the referees had submitted an appeal to the Disciplinary Committee’s decision to suspend the players 10 and 8 games. The league informed that the Federation’s Appeals Committee would review the case and make a decision.

Monday afternoon it was decided by the Appeals Committee that both Aguilar and Triverio would be suspended for one year thus giving in to exactly what the referees wanted.

With this decision it is now expected that soccer will continue in Mexico. There are four matches scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday in Copa MX action and Week 11 of the Clausura season starts Friday.

Liga MX will announce at a later date when Week 10 will be made up.

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