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WBCI statement regarding Canada-Mexico game

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This evening World Baseball Classic, Inc. issued the following statement regarding the on-field incident that occurred in the ninth inning of the Canada-Mexico game in Pool D play at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona:

"We are extremely disappointed in the bench-clearing incident that marred the conclusion of today's game between Canada and Mexico.  The episode runs counter to the spirit of sportsmanship and respectful competition for which the World Baseball Classic has stood throughout its history.

"After communicating with both the Mexican and Canadian baseball federations this evening, we are aware of the perspectives held by both sides in a competitive environment.  Nevertheless, we relayed to both teams that such an altercation is inappropriate under any circumstances and has no place in baseball.

"Because at least one club -- and potentially both -- will not advance to the second round, WBCI has determined that disciplinary measures would not have a meaningful corrective impact.  Thus, discipline will not be imposed beyond today's seven game ejections.  It is our firm expectation that the members of Team Mexico, Team Canada and all the tournament's participating teams will learn from this incident and set a better example -- one that befits the sport they share -- in the future."

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