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Tigres scores goals around Veracruz side protesting unpaid wages

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Incredible scenes in Mexico, where CD Veracruz allowed Tigres to score in comical fashion while protesting unpaid wages.

The home crowd at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente saw their side take the kickoff and play the ball back to the goalkeeper as the substitutes walked to the touch-line to stand in solidarity with their teammates on the pitch.

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After a little over a minute, goalkeeper Sebastian Jurado sent the ball into the Tigres half, where the visitors offered a very odd vision, dribbling and passing down the pitch to loft a ball into the unguarded goal. Tigres would score another after barely more than three minutes of play, and had a 3-0 lead after eight minutes through a goal by Andre-Pierre Gignac and an Eduardo Vargas brace.

According to the TV broadcast in Mexico, relayed by Tom Marshall of ESPN, Veracruz is upset that Tigres shot on goal during the 3-minute protest, the planned length of which they believed was communicated to the visitors.

Not a great look for Tigres.

And so the match got chippy, with Jesus Duenas of Tigres sent off in the 26th. Will Veracruz somehow fight back for a point?

Veracruz is last place in the Apertura season, while third place Tigres has buttressed its goal differential. Unreal.

2-0 didn’t feature anything too much more active from Veracruz.

Veracruz’s winless run extends to 33 games

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MEXICO CITY (AP) Move over Derby County, the worst streak for games without a win now belongs to a Mexican team.

Veracruz lost 5-0 to Queretaro on Tuesday night in the seventh round of the Apertura tournament to extend its winless run to 33 games, breaking the tie with the English club, which set the previous mark in the 2007-08 season.

Ake Loba scored in the 36th and 45th minute, while Marcel Ruiz, Paolo Yrizar and Alonso Escoboza added goals in the 18th and 62nd and 85th, respectively, for the Gallos Blancos, who reached 16 points and are at the top of the standings in Mexico.

Veracruz, which got its last win against Tijuana in the seventh round of the Apertura 2018, has one point and is at the bottom of the standings among 19 teams. During the winless streak, Veracruz is 0-25-8.

The Tiburones Rojos’ rough stretch began Aug. 25, 2018. Since then five managers have coached the team that avoided relegation after paying a $6 million dollar fine, a rule in Mexico stablished two years ago.

Juvenal Olmos, Hugo Chavez, Robert Dante Siboldi, Rene Isidoro Garcia preceded Enrique Meza as the man in charge. Meza, a 77 year-old veteran has won four league titles and was Mexico*s manager, but he has not been able to make the team better.

Meza has five losses and a tie so far this season.

Derby County, which was relegated after the 2007-08 season and has not returned to the Premier League, finished its winless run at 0-25-7.

Veracruz docked points by FIFA, down to zero in Liga MX standings

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Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz fans received more grim news on Monday, just weeks after they were confirmed relegation from Liga MX.

FIFA’s disciplinary committee announced that it was, through Liga MX, docking Veracruz six points. Considering the club only has four points in the current Clausura campaign, it means that Veracruz is down to zero points. The club were docked the points over a failure to pay training compensation fees to Montevideo Wanderers for Matias Santos. Santos only played one Copa MX match for Veracruz before moving back to Uruguay to join Defensor Sporting, but despite Santos’ brief time in Veracruz, it appears the club did not pay for his rights.

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Veracruz has been in trouble almost since club owner Fidel Kuri purchased the rights to another promoted team and moved it to Veracruz, effectively giving Veracruz a team. However, Kuri has been in trouble with Liga MX and the Mexican Football Federation before. He was suspended in 2016 for arguing with the league’s head of referees. He threatened to move the club away if he didn’t win a local election. And he’s reportedly been involved in a gentlemen’s agreement with other Liga MX owners to keep wages and transfer fees down.

Yet despite all the club’s struggles and relegations, Kuri has said that he will pay Liga MX’s “fine” of $6.34 million to keep Veracruz in the top division. It appears Veracruz’s story isn’t over yet. Stay tuned.