By KELIN DILLON
A total of 17 teams from Liga MX, Mexico’s top football division, were hit with sanctions of 177.6 million pesos by the Federal Economic Competition Commission (Cofece) for alleged monopolistic practices and putting a salary cap on the league’s women’s vision.
The clubs sanctioned include América, Pachuca, Mazatlán, Guadalajara, Santos Laguna, Tigres, Toluca, Pumas, Monterrey, Necaxa, Atlante Tijuana, Atlas, León, Querétaro, Puebla and 2021 Champions Cruz Azul.
Cofece alleged the teams, as well as eight individuals, of having imposed maximum caps on female players’ salaries that furthered the salary gap between women and men soccer players, limiting women players over 23 to earning a maximum of 2,000 pesos daily, with those under 23 limited to 500 pesos and players in the under-17 category not available to receive pay. In comparison, the highest paid men’s player in Liga MX receives $1.2 million dollars per year.
The sanctioned group was likewise accused of segmenting the players’ market by preventing them from freely negotiating and contracting with new teams.
This “gentleman’s pact” purportedly went on from at least 2008 to 2018, limiting players’ autonomy in their own decisions for more than a decade.