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At least 22 injured and some fear death in Mexican soccer riot


A Mexican soccer match has been abandoned after riots that reportedly left at least 22 injured and some dead in the city of Querétaro.

Fans of Querétaro, the local club, invaded the pitch and attacked opposing supporters, with some footage showing women and children fleeing the pitch as bodies lay motionless.

Fans are said to have attacked anyone in Atlas’ blue and red livery, with some footage showing shirtless people removing their shirts to avoid identification.

The match was called off after an hour with Atlas leading 1-0. Most players left the pitch for the safety of the locker room, although some Querétaro players remained on the pitch to protest to the fans.

Fans first spilled onto the pitch when gates were opened to allow them to escape from the terraces, before violence spilled onto the pitch.

Mexican television reported 17 deaths, although this remains to be confirmed. According to other media, at least 22 people were injured, some seriously, some citing more than 40 people.

Videos on social media showed Querétaro supporters brandishing chairs and sticks at rival supporters as violence ripped through the stadium.

Some reports said police had been stationed outside the grounds as fighting raged inside.

“So far, no deaths have been reported; 22 people injured, nine of them taken to General Hospital and of these, two are in critical condition,” a statement from the local authorities said. “The rest are stable. It should be mentioned that all the injured are male and at this time four have been confirmed to be from the state of Jalisco (where Atlas is based).

All football in Mexico, men’s and women’s, has been suspended following the incidents. Liga MX president Mikel Arriola released a statement on the incident, saying: “Unacceptable and unfortunate violence at the Estadio Corregidora in Querétaro.

“Those responsible for the lack of security in the stadium will be punished by way of example. The safety of our players and fans is our priority! We will continue to report.

Mauricio Kuri, Governor of Querétaro State, tweeted: “I strongly condemn today’s violence at Corregidora Stadium. I gave instructions to apply the law with all its consequences.

All football in Mexico, men’s and women’s, has been suspended following the incidents. Liga MX President Mikel Arriola has released a statement on the

Unacceptable and unfortunate violence at the Corregidora stadium in Querétaro. Those responsible for the lack of security in the stadium will be punished by way of example. The safety of our players and fans is our priority! We will continue to report.

Mauricio Kuri, Governor of Querétaro State, tweeted: “I strongly condemn today’s violence at Corregidora Stadium. I gave instructions to apply the law with all its consequences. In Querétaro, there is no impunity.




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