Liga MX: League could be reduced to 17 teams in Apertura 2018
The Liga MX has been filled with controversy recently regarding the promotion/relegation system. Lobos BUAP was the team that relegated in Mexico’s top-flight football league but they have been given a second chance to stay in the Liga MX.
There are certain requirements for promotion in the Liga MX and the two teams that will dispute the Ascenso MX final, Tapachula and Oaxaca, do not meet these requirements. This means that Lobos BUAP now has an opportunity to stay in the Liga MX if they pay a 6.5 million dollar fine.
The team from Puebla has already said it does not have the money and Liga MX president, Enrique Bonilla has said what will happen if Lobos BUAP does not pay the fine. Bonilla has said that there will be a 17-team league next season if La Manada does not find a way to pay this fee.
Las palabras de Enrique Bonilla tras el título de Tapachula. Ni pueden ascender, ni nadie más lo hará o Lobos saca la lanita o nos quedamos con 17 equipos.pic.twitter.com/hbSaWgZDZn
— ignacio suarez (@fantasmasuarez) April 29, 2018
Relegation has already been suspended for two years in an effort to try and solidify the league and expand it to 20 teams. Now with the possibility of a 17-team league next season it is unclear if this process will be affected and what is to come for Mexico’s professional football in the near future.