How much money do people sanctioned by Cofece have to pay for the gentlemen’s agreement in Liga MX
In addition to the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) and 18 Liga MX clubs, the Federal Economic Competition Commission (Coffee) sanctioned eight people for their participation in the gentlemen’s agreement and the establishment of salary caps for players in La Liga MX Femenil. Each of the interested parties must pay an amount equivalent to the gravity of their acts, a sum that exceeds the MXN 50 million.
According to a document consulted and cited by specialized sports media ESPN, so many Justino Compeán like Decio de María and Enrique Bonilla did not receive the highest fines. In fact, one of them has the lowest amount to pay for its participation in the two monopolistic behaviors reported by Cofece.
They are Anna Esther Peniche Adame, member of the legal space, as well as Guillermo Cantú Sáenz people whose actions were considered to be high gravity. According to the report, the second was aware of the sanctioned practices at all times “and wanted the consequences of the gentlemen’s agreement”. In this sense, he was forced to pay the highest amount and each person will have to pay MXN 14.5 million.
It should be mentioned that, according to reports, the penalties imposed should have been higher, but they have been adapted to the particular responsibility of each of the participants. This is the case of Guillermo Cantú, because “it is considered that the intentionality of the behavior justifies adding to said amount an amount equivalent to $ 43,295,081.60, since the said element is weighted in the same proportion of the damage caused. “
In the second group of people who will have to pay a fine are Decio by Maria and Enrique Bonilla, As Margarita Iglesias Flores, Víctor Garza Valenzuela, Chairman of the FMF Conciliation and Dispute Resolution Commission, and Victor Guevara, general manager of operations, competitions and development. In your case, each person has to pay MXN 2.25 million.
While, Justino Compeán Serrano was the character who received the lowest penalty for participating in the gentlemen’s agreement. Although having been director of the FMF from 2006 to 2015, the former official is forced to pay MXN 1.9 million.
One of the favorable aspects that Enrique Bonilla Urrutia led during his tenure, between 2015 and 2020, was the creation of the Liga MX Femenil. However, he was referred to as the Intellectual author of the second cause of investigation pursued by Cofece, namely the implementation of the salary cap for the players of the circuit, which was supported by Anna Barge.
And it is that since the creation of the women’s football circuit in 2016, the then president of La Liga MX proposed that the athletes people over 23 would earn a maximum of MXN 2,000, while the minors of this age they couldn’t pocket more than 500 MXN plus a course for your personal training. In the meantime, his proposal considered that players in the category Those under 17 would not have any type of income.
For the season 2018-2019, the clubs and the league have agreed that the maximum stop player salaries would be MXN 15 million. Also, only four footballers per team could receive more than this amount. During this time, in-kind support for athletes could not exceed MXN 50,000 per tournament.
According to Cofece “the practice, which lasted from November 2016 to May 2019, constituted a collusive agreement between the Clubs which had the aim and the effect of manipulating the prices – in this case the salaries of the players – and prevent clubs from competing for your hire with better wages, which not only had a negative impact on their income, but also resulted in widen the pay gap between men and women ”.
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