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From City Hall to the Soccer Field

Mayor Cuauhtémoc Blanco does not need permission to play a soccer match
By The News · 27 of February 2016 12:10:25
Basura_Municipio_Cuernavaca-4, CUERNAVACA, MORELOS, 02FEBRERO2016.- Trabajadores de la Empresa SIREC, encargada de la recolección de basura del municipio de Cuernavaca e integrantes del Nuevo Grupo Sindical (NGS), se manifestaron tirando basura en los edificios de la Tesorería municipal, el Ayuntamiento y el Museo de la Ciudad, donde el alcalde Cuauhtémoc Blanco realizaba la instalación del Comité de Planeación para el Desarrollo Municipal. Policías que resguardaban el lugar se enfrentaron con un grupo de manifestantes, dando como saldo dos personas con golpes y un menor de edad detenido. FOTO: PATRICIA MORALES / CUARTOSCURO.COM, No available

After the controversy triggered last week due to Cuernavaca Mayor Cuauhtémoc Blanco registration as player for “Las Águilas” América Football Club in the Liga Bancomer MX, the recently-elected official said everything was according to the procedures.

Blanco said there is no impediment for his participation in the América’s match against Morelia on the Azteca Stadium on March 5.

MEXICO D.F. 06ABRIL2005.- El delantero americanista Cuauhtemoc Blanco, festeja el primer del juego América contra el Atlante en la cancha del estadio azteca. FOTO: Germán Romero/CUARTOSCURO.COM

Cuauhtemoc Blanco is a former Mexican soccer legend and the mayor of Cuernavaca, Morelos. Photo: Germán Romero/Cuartoscuro

“The registration was made in december, I don’t care what the media says or what the envious people say. Everything was discussed then and everything was made in the right way. Indeed, the idea was that I will play against Puebla, but my participation was postponed for different reasons,” said Blanco.

Regarding Blanco’s government activities, President of the Cuernava Municipal Council Denisse Arizmendi said that the mayor “does not need the council’s authorization to train and play with América.”

Arizmendi said other local and state officials include extra activities in their schedules.

“We all go to the gym or have ‘extracurricular’ activities. Regarding Cuauhtémoc, the training sessions and the match don’t affect his activities as mayor,” she said.

Blanco said that he is aware that the game with América is part of the Liga MX scheduled matches and that he has been training since december.

“I’m being very professional. The communication with the team has been very productive. I’m going to train with them on Thursday in Coapa,” he said.

Blanco was elected mayor of Cuernavaca last year. He is a retired Mexican soccer legend and started his political career as a member of the Social Democratic Party (PSD).

“We all go to the gym or have ‘extracurricular’ activities. Regarding Cuauhtémoc, the training sessions and the match don’t affect his activities as mayor.”

-Denisse Arizmendi. President of the Cuernavaca Municipal Council