Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Chiefs-Rams players may refuse to play at Estadio Azteca

Chiefs-Rams players may refuse to play at Estadio Azteca

The NFL is putting player safety first and has made a decision to move Monday night's game between the Rams and Kansas City Chiefs from Mexico City to Los Angeles due to poor field conditions.

Schefter reported the field at Azteca Stadium is "a mess" and might not be safe for the players, adding a number of players had been strongly considering not playing if the game weren't moved. But the field is an absolute wreck, and according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, players from both teams have said that they are thinking about not even playing in the game if it does not get relocated.

Despite concerns regarding the state of the playing surface at Estadio Azteca, the National Football League is determined that the Week 11 clash between the Chiefs and Rams will be played in Mexico City. Not many people are going to bat an eye if a game between, say, the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills is played in Mexico City. "Until very recently, we had no major concerns".

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The Rams will be providing thousands of complimentary tickets to first responders and those who have been affected by the recent tragedies in Southern California. 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 field is not in the best condition and that concerns me for the next tournament", Cruz Azul coach Pedro Caixinha said.

The Rams left for Colorado Springs on Monday to train at high altitude for a week before traveling to Mexico City, where the elevation is about 7,300 feet.

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