Among numerous controversies including player complaints of unpaid salaries totaling nearly 40 million pesos (about $207,000 U.S.), the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) and Liga MX have taken the step of disaffiliating Veracruz.
The Tiburones Rojos are no longer part of the league, effective immediately; all players, from the first team, the women’s team, and the youth teams, are all free agents and can sign with any other team.
With Veracruz no longer in Liga MX, the Clausura 2020 will be played with 18 teams and there will be no relegation at the end of the season – although promotion from Ascenso MX will still be in effect, as Liga MX continues to work towards a stable 20-team first division.
Relegation will resume for the 2020-2021 season.
Veracruz players have 30 days to present more complaints regarding unpaid salaries, so the amount currently owed may continue to grow. Liga MX plans to use the club’s affiliation fees to pay the debts.
The Tiburones Rojos have been having problems for some time, ranging from unpaid wages to FIFA-mandated point deductions to a world record 41-game league winless streak that stretched from September 2018 to October 2019; Veracruz won just one game in the Apertura 2019 season.