Saturday, May 9, 2009
Because of the treatment of its nations teams in the Copa Libertadores, the Mexican Football Federation has broken with Conmebol, the South American soccer body that manages the Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana, and Copa América. Presumably, until the issue is resolved, Mexican teams will no longer participate in those tourneys. The issue was Conmebel's decision to force the round of 16 match-ups involving Mexican teams to be decided in one game only, instead of the traditional home-and-home, so as to avoid tams having to go to Mexico. Whatever you think about the perceived mistreatment (personally, I think Conmebol overreacted a bit), this is bad news for Mexican soccer, and I'm not sure what the FMF is hoping to prove. This seems like a fit of pique taken too far. I hope those two crazy kids find a way to get past their differences.