Mexico’s football riot has left 26 injured

Mexico’s football riot has left 26 injured

Videos posted on social media show violent arguments between fans at a stadium in Querétaro city center on Saturday.

MEXICO CITY – A football match in central Mexico has escalated into a heated argument between opposition supporters on Saturday. Authorities say 26 people were injured, three of them seriously.

The match at Querétaro City Stadium, which was postponed for an hour as fans began to attack, sparked panic among other spectators, many of whom were running in the stadium, according to news reports and videos of the scene.

Shocking images posted on social media show a group of men dragging people off the concrete outside the stadium, kicking, beating, and stripping them naked. Another video showed a naked man upstairs being beaten and beaten.

“I strongly condemn today’s violence at Corregidora Stadium,” Mauricio Kuri, governor of Querétaro County, tweeted. “I have given instructions for applying the law and all its consequences.”

He said 26 people were hospitalized, three were released and three were in critical condition.

Mexico's football riot has left 26 injured

Mexico’s football riot has left 26 injured

Atlas, the defending champion of Liga MX, the Mexican football league, was leading the Querétaro team 1-0 during a battle on the pitch. Violence quickly spread to the stadium and surrounding areas, according to videos shared online.

Liga MX in a statement said it had begun “a thorough investigation into what happened on the pitch, on and off the building during the match.” The league’s chief executive, Mikel Arriola, said all games scheduled for Sunday would be canceled.

“Liga MX will undertake a comprehensive review of our security agreements,” said Mr. Arriola in a video posted on Twitter. “We strongly condemn what happened tonight and our commitment is to do so so that there will be no punishment in the event of these tragic incidents.”

The Mexican Football Federation’s disciplinary commission said it had also opened an investigation.

Last year’s match between Atlas, Guadalajara club, and its local rivals Chivas was also marred by violence between fans, and the October 2019 match between Querétaro and Atlético de San Luis was suspended after several spectators were injured in the controversy. In 2015, Atlas fans hit the pitch during another match against the Chivas; The ensuing violence saw 10 people arrested and at least nine injured, media reported.

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