Mexican football match descends into BLOODBATH: ‘Up to 17’ fans killed and at least 22 seriously injured after fights break out in stands as supporters beat up rivals and strip them NAKED
- At least 22 people were brutally injured in a football match in Mexico yesterday
- The game between Queretaro and Atlas was suspended when fights broke out
- Unconfirmed reports of deaths amid footage of fans bloodied and unresponsive
- Security opened the gates so women and children could escape to the pitch
At least 22 people were brutally injured – two of them seriously – after a football match descended into carnage in central Mexico yesterday.
Unconfirmed reports are circulating that up to 17 people could have died attending the game between the host Queretaro and Atlas from Guadalajara – the reigning league champion.
The match was suspended in the 62nd minute when multiple fights suddenly broke out in the stands – with men seen tearing off the jerseys of their rivals.
Security personnel opened the front gates to the field so that fans, including women and children, could escape the stands.
Players from visiting Atlas quickly fled to the locker rooms as did some from the Queretaro side. Other Queretaro players, including Uruguayan goalie Washington Aguerre, stayed near the bench trying to calm the fans.
Shocking footage shared online shows bloodied fans – some of them stripped naked – lying unresponsive outside the ground as others continue to kick and punch at them.
Queretaro and Atlas ended up invading the field and throwing metal bars and other objects at each other
Fans of Atlas and Queretaro fight in the stands during the 62nd minute of the game at La Corregidora Stadium in Queretaro, Mexico, yesterday
Mobile phone footage captured football fans fighting and throwing abuse at each other
A man is led away to safety by a Atlas staff member after fans of Queretaro and Atlas clashed
An injured man is evacuated after fans clashing during a Mexican soccer league match between the host Queretaro and Atlas
After several minutes fighting in the stands, some of the fights moved on to the field where they continued punching and kicking. Some revellers were armed with chairs and metal bars.
One fan could be seen pulling a knife to cut the nets of one goal. Others destroyed one side’s bench and some fought in the tunnel to the field.
‘So far there is no report of deaths; 22 people injured, nine of them taken to the General Hospital and of these, two are critical,’ said the Queretaro state civil protection agency.
‘The rest are stable. It should be mentioned that all of those injured are male and at this moment it’s been confirmed that four were from the state of Jalisco.’
Guadalajara is the capital of Jalisco.
The league condemned the violence in a message on its official Twitter account. League President Mikel Arriola said the game would not be resumed Saturday. He said those responsible for the lack of security in the stadium would be punished.
Football fans responded with widespread disgust when pictures and videos of the affray were shared on social media.
Chris CC Lopez added: ‘I’m Mexican and I think Mexico should be disqualified from the Qatar World Cup 2022, and removed from hosting duties in 2026.’
Female player Miah Alexia Zuazua tweeted: ‘I am disgusted by what happened today at the Querétaro vs Atlas game. This sport is supposed to bring families and other people together to enjoy the beautiful game.’
Emergency services rushed to the scene after violence broke out in the match between Queretaro and Atlas
The mass brawl sent families and other peaceful fans running on to the pitch for safety
People were beaten in the seating area of the Corregidora stadium, leaving at least 22 injured
Multiple people were injured in the mass brawl, including two critically, as FIFA is urged to investigate the incident
Some fans were wrestled to the ground as they fought supporters from their rival teams
Atlas has also had issues recently with violence among its fans. Last year, the ‘classic’ with crosstown rival Chivas saw a brawl in the stands.
‘Unfortunately, what is happening in Queretaro …is happening in my country,’ said Rafael Marquez,a former captain of the Mexican national team who started his career with Atlas and later became its coach.
Graphic videos and photos circulated on social networks showing apparent fans motionless on the ground, in some cases stripped naked and covered with blood.
Queretaro Gov. Mauricio Kuri condemned the violence and said the owners of the Queretaro club would have to answer for what happened.
‘I have given instructions that the law be applied with all of its consequences,’ he said.