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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

FMF, officials reach deal to end Liga MX ref strike - source

Herculez Gomez explains the reasoning behind the referee strike that led to the postponement of Round 10 in Liga MX.

The Mexico Football Federation (FMF) and the Liga MX referees' association (AMA) have reached an agreement that will open the door for the restart of Liga MX and Copa MX after a strike by officials caused the cancellation of Round 10 of matches in the 2017 Clausura this past weekend, a source told ESPN Mexico.

The strike came about because the referees' association was appalled at what it viewed as light punishments for Toluca's Enrique Triverio and Club America's Pablo Aguilar for aggressive incidents during Copa MX matches last Wednesday.

Triverio pushed referee Miguel Flores in the chest and was handed an eight-match ban, while Aguilar received a 10-game punishment for motioning his head toward Fernando Torres. Both were shown red cards.

On Monday, the FMF announced that both players would be dealt one-year bans as the rules stipulate.

The strike is expected to end on Tuesday afternoon at which time the new sanctions will be officially announced and play is expected to resume this week.

Tigres coach Tuca Ferretti said he was happy to see a resolution near.

"My opinion is that it hurts all of us: fans, teams, referees, players, everyone. It's great that they have now brought the situation to a happy conclusion."

The referees' association released a statement on Saturday to explain that the only issue it was striking over was the lenient bans for Aguilar and Triverio. It argued that the ban for each player "was not applied based on the regulations, nor according to the referee's report."

In section N of Article 18 of the FMF's regulations for 2016-17, it states that if players "attack" officials "in any form" the punishment is a one-year suspension for the player.

Liga MX owners met in Toluca on Sunday to discuss the strike and the FMF and league released a statement on Sunday evening indicating that, after receiving a complaint from the Referees Commission, the Appeals Committee would review the incidents involving Triverio and Aguilar and judge whether the suspensions handed out were just.

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