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Mexican football remains behind closed doors

Mexican football remains behind closed doors

All of Mexico's professional football games this weekend will again be played behind closed doors, even though other parts of the country are returning to normal following a shutdown to contain swine flu.
Mexico's 176 league games _ from the first to third division _ were shuttered last weekend, and three games around the capital were closed to fans the week before.
The Mexican Football Federation said on Tuesday the games would remain closed because government officials had not lifted all preventive measures to stop the spread of swine flu.
"The decision was made in full awareness of the emergency health situation that confronts the country," the federation said in a statement.
Play in the regular season ends this weekend, and officials have not announced the arrangement for postseason matches.
President Felipe Calderon said high schools and universities will reopen on Thursday and younger children will return to school on May 11. Nightclubs and other events that draw large crowds will remain closed.
Two Mexican clubs playing in the final 16 of the Copa Libertadores _ San Luis and Chivas _ have had their home matches delayed by at least a week until venues outside Mexico can be found. San Luis was due to host Nacional of Uruguay, while Sao Paulo was slated to visit Chivas in first-leg fixtures this week.
The away legs in the Latin America club championship are scheduled to be played in Uruguay and Brazil.
A Nacional team official suggested Houston as a possible venue.
"The TV rightsholders have not proposed this officially, it's just an idea they suggested to us," Nacional official Alejandro Balbi said. "With all the doubts there are we are applying for visas to be ready to play in Houston."
As of Tuesday, the CONCACAF Champions League match in Cancun on May 12 between Mexican clubs Cruz Azul and Atlante is set to go ahead. Atlante leads 2-0 after the first leg. The winner of the home-and-away series qualifies for the FIFA Club World Cup in December at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The second leg was to have been played last Wednesday.
Mexico's professional baseball league will resume play on Wednesday after suspending all games from May 1-5. It was not immediately clear if the games would be played in shuttered stadiums, or with fans.