Mexican soccer reverses ruling that led to referees' strike

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 14, 2017 11:24 AM
Mexican soccer reverses ruling that led to referees' strike
FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2015, file photo, America's Pablo Aguilar, left, heads for the ball next to Pumas' Marcelo Alatorre during a Mexican soccer league match in Mexico City. Aguilar has been sanctioned with eight games suspension from Mexican soccer on March 13, 2017, after an incident where he tried to injure a referee during a game. (AP Photo/Christian Palma, File)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican soccer federation has toughened a disciplinary ruling against two players after angry referees staged a protest strike over the weekend.

Referees refused to officiate matches after the league didn't harshly punish two players who shoved officials last week. One player for Club Toluca shoved a referee after an expulsion and a player for the America squad appeared to head-butt another referee after a call.

The referees involved reported both players for "aggression," which is punished by banning players for up to one year. But the league's disciplinary committee instead gave the players eight- and 10-match suspensions for the lesser offense of "attempted aggression."

After the strike, the federation reversed itself and imposed a one-year ban and fines for both players.

Referees announced they were ending the strike.

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