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Mexico defender Márquez slams new Liga MX foreigners rule

The rule is meant to safeguard the progress of promising home youngsters
By The News · 24 of May 2016 17:23:47
Mexico's defender Rafael Marquez attends a news conference, sharing his opinion of the new Liga MX rule change, No available, photo: Reuters/Henry Romero

MEXICO CITY — Veteran Mexico defender Rafael Márquez has slammed a new Liga MX rule that will allow as many as 10 foreign players to turn out for each team next season.

Márquez, who has captained his country at four World Cups, also hit out Tuesday at his fellow Mexican footballers, saying they were afraid to stand up to the league’s authorities in defense of their rights.

“Unfortunately there’s nothing to be done, (the league) is a monopoly in which players have no voice or vote,” the 37-year-old told a news conference.

Mexico's players Hector Moreno (C-F) stretches with goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, during preperations for the Copa América Centenario. Photo: Reuters/Henry Romero

Mexico’s players Hector Moreno (C-F) stretches with goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, during preperations for the Copa América Centenario. Photo: Reuters/Henry Romero

“There’s no union like in Spain, Italy or Argentina to be able to fight for our dignity … there’s fear of reprisals,” said Márquez who has played for Monaco and Barcelona and is part of Mexico’s squad for the Copa América Centenario in the United States next month.

The Liga MX announced on Monday that, from the 2016-17 Apertura championship which kicks off on July 15, a new ’10-8′ rule will be implemented.

The rule is meant to safeguard the progress of promising home youngsters by ensuring teams include at least eight Mexican-born players in their 18-man matchday squads.

However, it has done away with a restriction for a maximum of five foreigners on the field at any time in a game.

From now on a team can name all 10 of their foreign or naturalised Mexicans in their starting lineups.

The Liga MX is packed with South American players, mainly Argentines, many of whom have taken out Mexican citizenship. Some have been picked by the Mexico team.

“As a Mexican I’m disappointed by this kind of decision,” Márquez said.