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july 19, 2012 • 12:09 PM • last update 12:16 PM

Hérculez Gómez denounces dirty tactics in Mexican soccer

Hérculez Gómez, delantero estadounidense de Santos Laguna.
Foto: Mexsport

 

Santos Laguna striker, Hérculez Gómez denounced the dirty tactics predominance in Mexican soccer and his experience dealing with it during his spell at club Puebla from 2010 to 2011.

In Mexico, it still prevails a practice known as "pacto de caballeros" (gentlemen's pact) among Mexican soccer executives, declared Gómez to Marca.

The U.S. international remembered that while at Puebla, he was explained that, according to the "pact", he was not a free player because "although you don't have a contract with us your transfer stays here."

Gomez, was told that " the gentlemen's pact says that another team will have to negotiate with us for your playing rights even though you don't have a contract."

The California native of Mexican origin pointed out the fear of players to disclose their working conditions and the "black hand" of the soccer agents who manipulate the transfer market.

"It goes against working rules. It is different from Spain or United States where you can go on strike. Here you have no choice but to play," Gómez said. He also talked about the agents' role. They think that "things have to be handled they way it was in the old times."

The former Pachuca and Tecos player considers that this situation will not change until the country's way of thinking change or FIFA intervenes.

 

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