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SBD Global/April 18, 2014/International Football

Mexican Football Fans Protest New Anti-Violence Reforms Outside FMF Office

Representatives of fan associations of various Liga MX sides including América, Cruz Azul, Pumas and Chivas, among others, protested outside the Mexican Football Federation's (FMF) headquarters with the "sole objective of being heard" by Liga MX Dir General Enrique Bonilla, according to Rubén Guerrero of LA AFICION. At "around noon, a group of 50 fans began protesting outside the entrance to the FMF, with security forces monitoring the peaceful protesters." The fans were protesting a recently passed Mexican law that "established that those who participate in violence at football games will face a possible prison sentence ranging from six months to 4 years." Protesters held signs that asked for equal treatment and "assured that violence is incited by security figures at football stadiums." One member of Cruz Azul fan group "Sangre Azul" ("Blue Blood") said, "The majority of times, violence is the fault of the police itself; the law punishes the fan" (LA AFICION, 4/16).
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