Governance of National Sporting Bodies (Mexico): CAS 2020/A/7090

Governance of National Sporting Bodies (Mexico): CAS 2020/A/7090
Deference to and respect for the autonomy of sporting federations is of paramount importance in sports law. However, this principle is not absolute; it may yield when there are “exceptional circumstances”, such as the breach of any relevant mandatory legal principle. The bar for determining these “exceptional circumstances” must, however, be set extremely high.

Facts and Procedure

 

The Appellants are all Mexican football clubs that were, at the time leading to this appeal, participating in the Liga Ascenso MX, the second division of the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) professional competition system.

Historically, the FMF instituted and applied a promotion and relegation system between the First Division (Liga MX) and the Second Division (Liga Ascenso MX). The latest system used for determining promotion and delegation established by the Liga MX Competition Regulations (2019-2020) (