Liga MX: Dark cloud looms over Veracruz after evading relegation, players protest, financial issues
This Tuesday, it was reported by ESPN’s Rene Tovar that Veracruz has failed to pay its players for the past two months. Tovar also reported that in response to this the players are threatening not to practice this Wednesday if the issue is not resolved.
This Liga MX season has been filled with similar incidents as teams like Club Tijuana and Chivas de Guadalajara have also failed to pay its players at some point this season. It was inclusively reported that not only have the players not been paid but have also not received promised bonuses from the Clausura 2017 for evading relegation.
Chivas’ players have also not received promised bonuses from that same tournament for winning the championship. It is definitely worrying to see as more and more similar financial issues emerge from teams across Mexico.
The players seem to be gaining more power in the Liga MX as Week 17 of the Clausura 2017 may not even be played at all. The players association has demanded the end of the Liga MX draft and the “pacto de caballeros”, if not there will be a protest that will impede the last round of matches from being played.
The events leading up to this final week do not seem very promising with teams like Veracruz and Chivas de Guadalajara still seemingly unable to resolve issues with its players. Los Tiburones Rojos evaded relegation but Fidel Kuri and company may have even more worrying problems to deal with in the near future.