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Liga MX Clausura cancelled, no champion awarded, Cruz Azul and Leon to CCL

The Mexican first division has wiped away the second half of their season, but will still add two teams to the CONCACAF Champions League

Jonathan Rodriguez of Cruz Azul drives the ball during the 10th round match between America and Cruz Azul as part of the Torneo Clausura 2020 Liga MX at Azteca Stadium on March 15, 2020 in Mexico City, Mexico. Photo by Mauricio Salas/Jam Media/Getty Images

Liga MX today announced the Clausura tournament for the 2019-20 season has been cancelled, and a league champion will not be awarded.

Because of their first and second place standing in the Clausura at the time of suspension, both Cruz Azul and Leon will advance to the CONCACAF Champions League next season. It’s a fair result as Cruz was on 22 points, Leon 21, and tied for third place were Santos and Club America on 17.

For relegation purposes, which are played out over several seasons with a ratio granted in by the FMF (Mexican Soccer Federation), only matches that were completed across both the Apertura and Clausura tournaments will count towards the drop.

The league also announced that clubs will be able to return to their facilities beginning the first week in June, with more details to follow:

2020 Apertura Tournament

The Clubs will be given a Single Sanitary Protocol, supervised by health authorities, which must be followed so that the teams can return to train at their sports facilities. It will be in the first week of June when the exact date for the return to practice is defined.

On the other hand, the LIGA MX will define the start date of the 2020 Opening Tournament based on the recommendations of the Federal Health Sector.

In a joint decision of the LIGA MX and the Health Secretariat, the matches will be played behind closed doors until the conditions for our fans to return to the stands are in place.

It is indisputable that we are experiencing an unprecedented situation in our country, which forces the soccer industry in Mexico to act with absolute good sense and to respond with unity to the demands that have been presented to us.

The Apertura traditionally begins in late July, but that schedule has yet to be released and might be altered for the upcoming season.