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Liga MX to consider suspending pro/rel

Pumas UNAM v Tigres UANL - Torneo Clausura 2018 Liga MX

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - FEBRUARY 04: Alberto Acosta of Tigres drives the ball during the 5th round match between Pumas UNAM and Tigres UANL as part of the Torneo Clausura 2018 Liga MX at Olimpico Universitario Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Mauricio Salas/Jam Media/Getty Images)

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Liga MX could take a page out of Major League Soccer’s book, at least temporarily.

The Committee for Sports Development in Liga MX is considering a number of proposals to add to the league’s rule book, including potentially suspending promotion and relegation between Liga Acensio and Liga MX for four years starting in 2019, supposedly to ensure that Liga Acensio clubs meet new Mexican FA standards for when they are promoted.

“There are many proposals on the table, that is one (suspending promotion and relegation),” Liga MX president Enrique Bonilla said. “They handle all the possibilities, extremes and means, until after all is the best decision that can be applied and that is the best for Mexican football.”

Obviously, the move would be controversial in Mexico and around the world, but it would breathe a sigh of relief for some mainstay clubs such as Chivas and Atlas out of Guadalajara, which have been relegation threatened in the past.

Liga MX relegates just one team a year and accepts a new one from Liga Acensio each summer, and the FMF uses a different formula to decide who goes down. Instead of just picking the bottom team after the season, instead an overall coeficcient is put together of a team’s last six tournaments (apertura and clausura), with points added up to help determine a team’s coefficient.

Currently, Veracruz sits in the drop zone with 12 games left in the Liga MX Clausura.