Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

National Football League wants to play in Mexico despite concerns

National Football League wants to play in Mexico despite concerns

Though even if the game is postponed there is no telling if players would still potentially refuse to play.

'We have worked extensively with our partners at Estadio Azteca for months in preparation for this game, ' said NFL Executive Vice President of International Mark Waller in a statement.

In a news release, the league says it determined that the recently re-sodded field at Mexico City's historic stadium "does not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency, and will not meet those standards by next Monday".

Entering Week 11, the Chiefs and Rams rank as two of the most explosive offenses, with Kansas City averaging 35.3 points per game and L.A. averaging 33.5.

Soccer games and concerts have left the field a mess. But the league consulted with the players' association and local officials before deciding it couldn't risk the players' health on a damaged field.

The much-anticipated matchup of 9-1 teams will now be played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Monday Night Football.

Last May, stadium authorities changed the surface from natural to hybrid.

The Chiefs won't be heading to Mexico City this Monday. "We all know that it's not right, that it has not been right and that it will not be all right, but those are the circumstances, and if we can help, we will do it".

The club also said that it will be "providing thousands of complimentary tickets to first responders who are bravely protecting the greater Los Angeles community, as well as people who have been impacted by our community's recent tragedies".

"The field is not in the best condition and that concerns me for the next tournament", Cruz Azul coach Pedro Caixinha said.

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