Queretaro and Atlas fans clashed violently in a Liga MX match in Mexico on Saturday, as local Queretaro officials said 26 people were injured and penalties arrived from the Mexican top flight .
Authorities have confirmed that three people remain in hospital in serious condition.
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Mexico’s latest update is that Queretaro will have to play home games in an empty stadium for one year, while they won’t be allowed to have away fans for three years. Querétaro’s top officials (Gabriel Solares, Adolfo Rios, Greg Taylor and Manuel Velarde) are banned from any future roles with other Liga MX teams.
La Liga MX also fined Queretaro $70,000 and ordered the current owners to sell the club back to former owners, Grupo Caliente, who have until December 31, 2022 to find a new buyer for the club or La Liga. MX will take control of Queretaro.
The shocking scenes on and off the pitch led to Queretaro vs Atlas being suspended, as fans first brawled in the stands and the fights made their way to the playing surface.
Atlas players rushed into the locker room, while some Querétaro players tried to calm the home fans before retreating.
How did things get out of hand?
Videos on social media show multiple fights breaking out in the match between fans of the two Mexican top flight teams.
The match at Estadio Corregidora in Querétaro descended into chaos as security personnel opened doors for fans to escape the violence.
A fight broke out during a game in Mexico between mid-table Queretaro and last year’s Liga MX champions Atlas as fans stormed the pitch.
Authorities said at least 22 people were injured, including nine requiring hospital treatment.
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Here are some images of the scene that unfolded:
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Footage on social media showed several people left unconscious on the pitch, while families fled onto the pitch to escape the violent fights that broke out in the stadium.
Fans could be seen picking up chairs and other objects and hitting rival supporters with them.
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😥 Protección Civil del estado de Querétaro informó the consecuencias de la violencia en el Estadio Corregidora.
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What the Liga MX, FIFA said?
La Liga MX did not suspend other league games on Saturday, while Mexican top flight president Mikel Arriola issued the following statement on the violent scenes:
“Unacceptable and unfortunate violence at the Corregidora stadium in Querétaro. Those responsible for the lack of security in the stadium will be punished in an exemplary manner. The safety of our players and supporters is a priority. We will continue to report.
La Liga MX has since issued a statement saying Sunday’s fixture list is postponed and a full investigation into the Querétaro scenes is ongoing.
Officials in Querétaro and Atlas demanded that “the law be applied with all its consequences” to those who committed the acts of violence.
FIFA issued the following statement:
“FIFA is shocked by the tragic incident that took place at the La Corregidora stadium in the city of Querétaro during the match between Querétaro and Atlas. The violence was unacceptable and intolerable. FIFA joins the Mexican Football Federation and to Concacaf to condemn this barbaric incident and encourage local authorities to bring swift justice to those responsible.
“Our hearts go out to all those who have suffered its consequences. Once again, FIFA would like to emphasize that violence should absolutely have no place in football and we will continue to work with all parties to eradicate it from our game.”