5 officials suspended after Queretaro-Atlas brawl
According to The Associated Press, Mexican state authorities on Monday suspended five officials following the massive brawl between fans during Saturday’s Liga MX game between Querétaro and Atlas.
The five suspended officers included police and civil defense personnel, including three people responsible for planning and preparation, according to the report. It’s unclear what exactly their roles were.
According to the AP, the game was mostly staffed by private security officials. This company will have all contracts terminated.
According to the report, 23 people were still in the hospital as of Sunday. Ten of them were in serious condition, three others in critical condition. According to TV Azteca’s David Merando Felix, there were initially 17 fatalities after the incident. However, that is still unofficial and contrasts with other reports – including one by Jalisco Gov. Enrique Alfaro.
Saturday’s game was suspended and not resumed in the 60th minute after fans at Querétaro’s Estadio Corregidora began fighting in the stands before it spilled onto the field. Horrific images showed several bodies lying motionless on the ground.
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“FIFA is shocked by the tragic incident that took place at La Corregidora Stadium in the city of Queretaro during the game between Querétaro and Atlas,” the organization said in a statement. “The violence was unacceptable and intolerable. FIFA joins the Mexican Football Federation and CONCACAF in condemning this barbaric incident and encouraging local authorities to swiftly bring those responsible to justice. Our thoughts are with all those who suffered the consequences.
“FIFA would like to reiterate that violence should have absolutely no place in football and we will continue to work with all parties to eradicate it from our game.”
All of Sunday’s LigaMX games have been suspended due to the brawl.
“Unacceptable and unfortunate violence at Estadio Corregidora in Querétaro,” Liga MX President Mikel Arriola said in a statement on Twitter in Spanish. “Those responsible for the lack of security in the stadium will be punished in an exemplary manner. The safety of our players and fans is our priority!”