Following a spate of racist incidents inside Liga MX stadia in recent weeks, the Mexican soccer federation (FMF) has decided to act.
Starting immediately, the protocol laid out by FIFA to deal with such matter will be followed, starting with the referee stopping the game if he or she is made aware of anything untoward.
“Through an announcement over the sound system, fans will be asked to stop their behavior immediately,” reads a statement released by the FMF on Monday.
If that doesn’t work, the game would be suspended for between five to 10 minutes, with the last recourse stopping the game and ushering fans outside the stadium before completing the match behind closed doors.
The statement comes after a video compiled and released by Grupo Pachuca (which owns Pachuca, Leon and Estudiantes Tecos) highlighted racist chanting from Pumas fans toward Leon’s Eisner Loboa in the sixth round of matches in the Clausura championship and unsavory incidents last weekend, when Atlante fans used similarly insulting noises towards Pachuca duo Enner Valencia and Walter Ayovi.
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