MEXICO face Poland, Argentina and Saudi Arabia as they look to qualify from Group C of the World Cup.
The South Americans will see a real chance of making it to the knock-out rounds if they can hold Robert Lewandowski’s Poland and Lionel Messi’s Argentina.
And with the World Cup coming up, fans around the globe will notice one thing about the national team players.
During the national anthem, the Mexico team unite in a gesture as they put their arms across their chest.
Why do Mexico players put their hands across their chests during the national anthem?
Otherwise known as the saludo a la bandera, translated to “salute the flag”, Mexicans show their respect for their country.
This comes as in Mexican law this gesture is seen as a way to give respects to the flag in official sporting events where the flag is involved.
Citing the Mexican law, Article 14 states: “The civil salute to the Mexican Flag will be done in a straight position, putting the right hand extended over the breast, with the palm facing down to where the heart is located. The male people will salute the flag with the head uncovered.”
Therefore, the Mexico players stand and hold their arms across their chests as a sign of respect for their country and its flag.
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