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NFL-NFL pulls plug on Mexico City game over unsafe field conditions

Updated: 14-11-2018 03:47 IST
Next week's game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams originally scheduled for Mexico City will now be held in California due to unsafe field conditions at the Estadio Azteca, the National Football League said on Tuesday.

After consultation with the NFL Players Association and an inspection by field experts it was determined that the surface does not meet NFL standards.

"Until very recently, we had no major concerns," NFL Executive Vice President of International Mark Waller said in a statement.

"But the combination of a difficult rainy season and a heavy multi-event calendar of events at the stadium have resulted in significant damage to the field that presents unnecessary risks to player safety and makes it unsuitable to host an NFL game.

"As a result, we have determined that moving the game is the right decision, and one that we needed to announce now in order to allow our teams and fans to make alternate arrangements."

Monday's game will now be played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; editing by Ken Ferris)

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