Mexican season cancelled with no champion to protect 'football family'

Mexico cancels football season because of COVID-19

Mexico cancels football season because of COVID-19

Liga MX has announced that it has cancelled the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It was an unlucky break for Cruz Azul, the Mexico City club that was atop the standings when the season was suspended.

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"It is indisputable that we are experiencing an unprecedented situation in our country, which forces the football industry in Mexico to act with absolute good sense and to respond with unity to the demands that have been presented".

The league said in the statement that the restrictions caused by the health emergency made it impossible to continue without putting people at risk.

League action was suspended on March 15 after 10 rounds of matches of the Clausura, with seven rounds plus the playoffs left to play.

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The Liga MX said the league agreed to conclude the 2020 Clausura season for health reasons and no club will be declared victor.

The announcement came after Santos Laguna confirmed late Wednesday that eight players tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The upcoming 2020 Apertura season would have started in mid-to-late July under normal circumstances.

The women's professional season was also cancelled, the league said.

The 2020 Clausura Liga MX youth seasons (under-20s and under-17s) have been replaced by a cup competition to take place at a future date in Toluca.

Play stopped in the Liga MX in mid-March, and less than a week later the league's president Enrique Bonilla announced he had caught the illness, without serious symptoms.

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