Mexican referees set to strike after league announces Pablo Aguilar, Enrique Triverio suspensions

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The players, who made contact with referees during midweek cup games, were given long bans, but the refs are still ready to walk out.

The Liga MX Disciplinary Committee has suspended three players and decided one will not receive further punishment from separate incidents, it announced Friday night, but Liga MX referees are still set to strike during Round 10.

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"The Mexican Association of Referees will not be present in Round 10 of Liga MX, fighting for respect within the field of play," said a tweet from an account several media outlets have cited as official.

The league announced Friday that Club America center back Pablo Aguilar will miss 10 matches and Toluca forward Enrique Triverio is out for eight games after each was involved in incidents with referees during their midweek Copa MX contests.

Aguilar made contact with the official after America's 1-0 defeat to Tijuana on Wednesday, while Triverio shoved the ref during Toluca's loss to Morelia.

The referee's union came out strongly against both players and reports indicated they planned a strike were the players not given hefty bans. The bans announced Friday apparently are not enough for the officials, though it's unclear whether or not Luis Enrique Santander, who is set to call Friday's game between Veracruz and Puebla, is still at the Estadio Luis Fuente.

That stadium will not have any fans in it Friday, with Veracruz serving a one-match stadium ban after its supporters clashed with Tigres fans during the teams' meeting on Feb. 17.  

While the Aguilar and Triviero incidents took place in the cup, the committee announced that both players would serve their bans in league play. That will keep Aguilar out the rest of the regular season and the first two playoff matches should America qualify, while Triverio will be out the rest of the season.

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His teammate, Rubens Sambueza also will be out the rest of the year. Sambueza was suspended indefinitely earlier this week after his tackle on Chivas' Isaac Brizuela injured the winger and saw Sambueza sent off. Like Triverio, his ban also is eight games. 

Leon midfielder Andres Andrade also was suspended for the midweek Copa MX game after his tackle injured America's Renato Ibarra during last weekend's league draw but the committee ruled that his tackle was accidental and declined to take further action.

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