The NFL will not play the Monday night game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs in Mexico City, as scheduled.
The game was transferred to Los Angeles because the state of the game surface at Azteca Stadium has created security problems for the players.
The Rams, under the NFL rules for international matches, were required to have their home ground at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to host the match, if necessary.
"We have worked extensively with our partners at Estadio Azteca for months to prepare for this match," said Mark Waller, executive vice president of the NFL, who oversees international matches, in a written statement issued by the league. no major worry.
"But the combination of a difficult rainy season and a busy schedule of several events in the stadium has caused significant damage to the field, which presents unnecessary risks to player safety and makes it unfit to host NFL games, we determined that moving the game was the right decision, a decision we had to announce now to allow our teams and fans to make other arrangements. "
The NFL said in its announcement that this decision was made in consultation with the NFL Players Association and field experts.
The league stated that "Estadio Azteca's playing field does not meet the NFL's standards for playability and consistency and that it will not meet those standards by next Monday. ".
Ticket reimbursement procedures for fans who planned to attend the match in Mexico City will be announced in the coming days, the league announced.
This highly anticipated match is one of the most prominent games of the NFL season. The teams have 9-1 records and corresponding quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs and Jared Goff of the Rams, as well as Los Angeles running back Todd Gurley, have emerged as ranking contenders.
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