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Javier “Chicarito” Hernandez, Andres Guardado and Hector Moreno are among various national team players to back a new footballer association in Mexico.

The Asociación Mexicana de Futbolistas (AMFpro) is the result of several years of study on a national and international level to identify the best way of supporting players on and off the field, executive president Alvaro Ortiz said.

Chicarito, Guardado and Moreno attended a press conference in Mexico City recently to launch the organization. The other national-team players who attended were Christian “Chaco” Giménez, Oribe Peralta, Guillermo Ochoa and José de Jesús Corona.

“We don’t want anything more than to protect football players, and find a solution between players and federation officials,” Hernandez, the West Ham striker, said. “It is a step for players from the past, present and future, and the important thing is the association is independent.”

The new association, which is open to men and women players, intends to seek dialogue with other football stakeholders to reach consensus on issues concerning players, Ortiz said.

“We want our rights respected and the voice of the football player heard,” Ortiz, who played in the Mexican league for 16 years through 2014, added.

Guardado, who has played 140 times for Mexico, said players had been seeking an organization to represent them for decades and the launch of the association is a “dream come true.”

“Chaco” Giménez warned that the many objectives of the organization would require dialogue and progress will only come gradually. Argentina-born Gimenez, who has played for Cruz Azul since 2009, acquired Mexican nationality in 2013 before making his debut for the national team.

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Christian Giménez, Oribe Peralta and Guillermo Ochoa