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Social protests could reach Liga Mx

Social protests could reach Liga Mx

Posted by Ricardo Vázquez on November 26, 2014

Recent protests in Mexico could be set to spill over into the soccer world when the Liga MX Apertura 2014 playoffs kick off Wednesday.

There have been calls on social networks to protest both media outlet Televisa – which owns Club America and has the TV rights to seven of the teams in the playoffs – and to support the demand for justice for the 43 Mexican students from a teacher training college in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero who disappeared without trace in the municipality of Iguala on Sept. 26.

According to a video doing being widely shared on social media, fans attending stadiums are being asked to wear black, parade black flags and chant “justice” in the 43rd minute of each half.

The central focus of protests is likely to be at the Pumas UNAM against America Liguilla matchup, with fans of the left-leaning Mexico City university club already having held up banners in their match last Sunday against Monterrey.

Pumas striker Eduardo Herrera also made a “43” sign with his fingers after he scored a goal against Monterrey.

The university campus – where Pumas hosts America on Wednesday night (11 p.m. ET) – has been the scene of protests in recent weeks.

Pumas and Chivas supporter groups were involved in protests in Mexico City last week and Real Madrid striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has expressed his sympathy for the fate of the students, as has Mexico coach Miguel Herrera.

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