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Ref ends hunger strike after reaching deal with Mexico federation to return to work

Headquarters of the Mexican Football Federation (Femefut) in Toluca
Headquarters of the Mexican Football Federation (Femexfut) in Toluca.

Mexican referee Adalid Maganda on Wednesday said he has reached an agreement with the country's Football Federation (Femexfut) and will return to work after engaging in a hunger strike to protest racism. 

"We have already spoken with the technical secretary of the federation. There was a very good reception and we are already planning to return to work again at the matches, which is what we were seeking and where we were coming from," said Maganda about the meeting, which his lawyers also attended.

After being sacked in April, Maganda said he attempted to return to his job but did not reach an agreement with the country's referees commission for his reinstatement.

The 34-year-old, who originates from the town of Huehuetan in the state of Guerrero, accused the referee commission of racism and discrimination. He said Arturo Brizio, president of that commission, insulted him for both his skin color and his height.

The last game Maganda took part in was on Jan. 16 as a fourth official. On Tuesday, he set up camp outside the Femexfut headquarters and refused to eat until he got his job back.

In October, Maganda told ESPN Mexico that Brizio had not attended the hearings as "he was afraid because he knows what he did. The evidence is there."

Maganda has the support of family and friends, who have protested with banners that read: "Justice for Adalid."

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