Mexico football in chaos after quake

September 21, 2017
Rescue workers search for people trapped inside a collapsed building in the Roma Norte neighbourhood of Mexico City yesterday.

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP):

Mexican football stadiums are being used as relief centres after the country's magnitude 7.1 earthquake, putting in doubt this weekend's schedule in the first division.

Mexican league president Enrique Bonilla said in an interview on Fox Sports that a decision was still to be made.

"All the clubs are doing their bit," he said. "We would like to bring people a moment of joy, but it is a more complex decision, and we need to have all the information from authorities."

The round of 16 set for Tuesday and yesterday in the Copa MX were called off.

Mexico City's Azteca Stadium, which is not among the stadiums being used as a relief centre, is due to host one of the biggest matches of the season on Saturday between Chivas and America. Officials say an initial inspection of Azteca suggests it suffered only minor damage.

The Azteca Stadium is also the scheduled venue for an NFL game on November 19 between the New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders.

 

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"We have a full review being conducted today by the stadium," said Mark Waller, the NFL's head of international events.

"Also, the safety devices when that stadium was built 50 years ago ... worked," Waller added. "The social media photos showing a gap ... the stadium was built with four gaps in it for just such a situation."

The race circuit for Formula One's Mexican Grand Prix in late October is also being used as a staging area in the relief effort.

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