At least 22 people were injured, including two critically, on Saturday as fans clashed during a football match in central Mexico. Report not confirmed Mexican media say up to 17 people have died in the violence.
The Liga MX match between hosts Queretaro and Atlas of Guadalajara was stopped in the 62nd minute when a brawl broke out in the stands. Security guards opened the gates to the pitch so fans, including women and children, could escape from the stands.
Players from Atlas quickly fled to the locker room as did some from Queretaro. Other Queretaro players, including Uruguay goalkeeper Washington Aguerre, remained near the bench trying to calm the fans down.
After a few minutes some of the fights moved to the field. Some people were armed with chairs and iron bars. A fan can be seen pulling a knife to cut the net from one of the goals. Others smashed the team bench and some fought in the player tunnel.
Liga MX condemned the violence in a message on its official Twitter account. League president Mikel Arriola said those responsible for the lack of security at stadiums would be punished. He added that the remainder of this weekend’s league games had been suspended.
Atlas recently had a problem with violence among its fans. Last year, a derby with cross-town rivals Chivas saw brawls in the stands.
“Unfortunately, what happened in Queretaro … happened in my country,” said Rafael Marquez, the former Mexico captain who started his career with Atlas and later became his coach.
Graphic videos and photos circulating on social networks show fans motionless on the ground, in some cases naked and covered in blood.
Queretaro governor Mauricio Kuri condemned the violence and said club owners must be held accountable for what had happened.
“I have given instructions for the law to be applied with all the consequences,” he said.
Liga MX suspended after dozens of people were injured as fans battle it out on the pitch in Queretaro v Atlas | Football
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