Soccer will continue in Mexico’s top flight once again.
In an effort to persuade referees to return to Liga MX after a strike last week, the Mexican soccer federation has hit a couple players with harsh one-year bans for threatening referees, which the refs union has accepted as enough to end their strike.
Referees boycotted matches this weekend after players from Club America and Toluca were given bans of eight and 10 matches for making physical contact the referee. The issue, the refs said, was out of hand and similar punishments hadn’t done enough to curtail the behavior.
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Now, the federation is changing those punishments to one-year bans for both players, plus fines. With the new punishment, the referees have announced they are ending their strike and Copa MX contests will resume.