Monterrey coach Aguirre fined for breaking COVID-19 rules to attend son’s wedding


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Monterrey coach Javier Aguirre has been fined for violating COVID-19 protocols after attending his son’s wedding in Mexico City this week.

Aguirrre, 62, will also have to be absent from several matches of his team as he must now be quarantined for 10 days.

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A video where Aguirre is seen dancing alongside many people without wearing a mask at Monday’s wedding has gone viral.

A statement from the Mexican Disciplinary Committee read: “In response to the request submitted by La Liga BBVA MX and the declaration of Club Monterrey, for non-compliance with the sanitary protocol by its technical director Javier Aguirre.

“The commission fined Javier Aguirre and asked the director of Club Monterrey to isolate himself as established in the health protocol. “

The amount of the fine was not disclosed but could reach 100,000 MXN (4,972 USD).

Monterrey CF confirmed that Aguirre had entered quarantine on Tuesday as a preventive measure.

The former Mexican coach apologized for his actions and said he would accept the punishment.

“In this difficult time for me, I am here to show my face,” Aguirre said in a video posted by his club. “There was an image that circulated [in the media] of me at a private event, the civil wedding of my second son in Mexico City.

“I did not follow the relevant protocol; I did not wear a mask during part of the event. I am vaccinated, as well as my wife and two other elderly people who were present. This is correct and I take responsibility for it. The club knew about this event, but I made a mistake and I will pay the consequences. “

Aguirre also sent a message urging people to continue following the health protocol.

“I invite society not to lower their guard and to continue to fight against this pandemic which is hitting us and to be responsible,” he added.

Aguirre will be absent from Thursday’s CONCACAF Champions League round of 16 second leg against Atletico Pantoja.

Monterrey entered the game with a 3-0 advantage in the first leg.

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