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Chicharito throws support behind new Mexican footballers' association

Chicharito throws support behind new Mexican footballers' association
From ESPN - October 7, 2017

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez signaled that the Mexican footballers' association (AMFpro) announced on Saturday will seek a fairer deal for players in the country.

Club America's Oribe Peralta and Chivas' Carlos Salcido will be the presidents of the new association, which will come into effect on Oct. 16 in a historic moment for Mexican football.

"We want to try to obtain the greatest possible justice [in football]," said West Ham's Hernandez in a Mexico City news conference.

"Sometimes players suffer a lot of things and neither you nor us are aware. We will take it step by step, [but] it is not a game; we are looking for Mexican footballers, wherever they may be, to be protected so they can carry out their profession."

Hernandez stressed that the association is not only for national team players, but also those further down the ladder.

An independent association has been a long been a goal for Mexican players and replaces the Players' Commission, which represented players but was also under the umbrella of the Mexican football federation (FMF).

"We have not been able to do anything about it, but the problems Mexican footballers have started a long time ago and this is a dream, we want to be part of this," stressed current Mexico captain Andres Guardado.

Some of the commonly reported complaints about how the Mexico game is run include the Pacto de Caballeros (Gentlemen's Pact), in which Liga MX club owners allegedly do not allow players to move clubs domestically when their contract has run down.

The Liga MX transfer system is also the cause of some complaint, with a "draft" day for domestic-based movements sometimes allegedly resulting in players being transferred without having given their permission.

Mexican players have also said they would like to see more chances given to young home-grown players, with each Liga MX club currently allowed up to nine foreign players in each matchday squad.

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