Liga MX cancels all week 10 matches after referees go on strike
Liga MX has suspended all of its week 10 matches after the referees union unilaterally said it would not provide its services, according to a brief statement from the league on Friday night.
Veracruz was due to kick off a Clausura regular season match against Puebla at 10 p.m. ET, and while officials showed up for the game the game did not go ahead as planned.
The referees went on strike following two incidents in Copa MX midweek in which referees showed red cards in separate games to Club America's Pablo Aguilar and Toluca's Enrique Triverio for threatening behavior towards the officials.
The association demanded a strong reaction from league authorities and wrote on Twitter earlier Friday: "The Mexican Referee's Association is united for an exemplary sanction. We ask for respect and no more violence."
Liga MX president Enrique Bonilla and Mexican federation (FMF) president Decio de Maria held a press conference just ahead of the scheduled game between Veracruz and Puebla on Friday evening.
They announced that Aguilar would be suspended for 10 Liga MX games and Triverio for eight, but the referees' association confirmed its strike after the news and vowed to not show up for the rest of the weekend games.
The league and federation said an announcement regarding the rescheduling of the suspended matches will be made as soon as possible.
Tom Marshall covers Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @MexicoWorldCup.