Teams and players from across Mexican fútbol took took to their prematch team photos and social media accounts over the weekend to protest FMF’s probable decision suspend or entirely eliminate promotion and relegation.
Prior to every single Ascenso MX match over the weekend teams lined up for their traditional prematch photos in a less then conventional way. In a show of unity against the elimination of promotion and relegation in Mexican fútbol, players from rival teams lined up together for a single prematch photo. Four teams in Liga MX also offered shows of solidarity when they linked arms for joint prematch photos like their Ascenso MX counterparts. Notably, it was matches featuring Club América and Chivas in which the protests took place. In total, four teams from Mexico’s top flight: Club América, Tigres UANL, Chivas, and Santos that took part in the protest.
Following their respective matches, players across Mexican fútbol took to social media and began to campaign against the elimination of promotion and relegation using #UnidosPorElAscenso. Atlante, U de Guadalajara, Mineros, Alebrijes, Venados, Murcielagos, and FC Juárez all posted messages in protest of the highly controversial FMF decision to eliminate/suspend promotion and relegation across their social media accounts.
The protests, which were organized by the AMF (Mexican Players Union), have succeeded in gaining a large amount of media attention across the world. Hopefully more teams from the Liga MX join the fight to protect the integrity of Mexican fútbol in the coming weeks.
As for us here at FMF State of Mind, we are #UnidosPorElAscenso and stand with the players and teams of the Ascenso MX fighting to protect the future of Mexican fútbol.