Soccer riot in Mexico leaves 22 injured, Querétaro officials say

MEXICO CITY — A soccer game in central Mexico ended in violent clashes between fans of opposing teams on Saturday. Authorities said 22 ...


MEXICO CITY — A soccer game in central Mexico ended in violent clashes between fans of opposing teams on Saturday. Authorities said 22 people were injured, two seriously.

The match, at a stadium in the city of Querétaro, was canceled after just over an hour as fans began to attack, causing panic among other spectators, many of whom ran onto the ground, according to reports and videos from the scene.

Shocking footage posted on social media showed groups of men dragging people across the concrete outside the stadium, kicking, beating and ripping their clothes off. Another video showed a topless man being beaten and whipped.

“I strongly condemn today’s violence at the Corregidora stadium,” Mauricio Kuri, the governor of Querétaro state, said on Twitter. “I gave instructions to apply the law with all its consequences.”

Atlas, the defending champions of Mexico’s Liga MX soccer league, was leading the Querétaro side 1-0 when fighting broke out in the stands. The violence quickly spread on the pitch and in the area around the stadium, according to videos shared online.

La Liga MX said in a statement that it had launched “a thorough investigation into what happened in the stands, on the pitch and outside the building during the match”. League executive chairman Mikel Arriola said all games scheduled for Sunday would be suspended.

“Liga MX will undertake a thorough review of our security protocols,” Arriola said in a video posted to Twitter. “We strongly condemn what happened tonight and our commitment is to act so that there is no impunity for these unfortunate events.”

The Mexican Football Federation’s Disciplinary Commission said it had also opened an investigation.

A match last year between Guadalajara-based club Atlas and local rivals Chivas was also marred by fan violence, and an October 2019 match between Querétaro and Atlético de San Luis was suspended after several spectators were injured in clashes. In 2015, Atlas fans took to the pitch in another game against Chivas; the ensuing violence saw 10 people arrested and at least nine injured, media reported.

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