Football riots break out during game between Querétaro and Atlas in Mexico
Warning, the following article contains videos of disturbing and graphic violence.
A Mexican soccer game between Querétaro and Atlas ended horribly on Saturday with a massive fan riot.
Liga MX play was suspended and not resumed after a 60th minute break. Fans could be seen at Querétaro’s Estadio Corregidora, from the stands to the pitch. Some images, not shared by Emox News, showed several bodies lying motionless on the ground.
TV Azteca’s David Medrano Felix later reported an initial death toll of 17, which remains unofficial as authorities clarify the aftermath. An official report claimed 44 people were wounded, with two serious cases and no deaths. Another report from the emergency services had the number of wounded at 22, all men. Nine of them were taken to hospital and two are in critical condition.
Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro said: There had been no deaths on Saturday night.
League MX President Mikel Arriola tweeted a statement denouncing the violencewhich roughly translates to:
Unacceptable and deplorable violence at the Estadio Corregidora in Querétaro. As an example, those responsible for the lack of security in the stadium are punished. The safety of our players and fans is our priority! We will continue to report.
In a subsequent statement from Liga MX, it was announced that the league had launched an in-depth investigation into the incidents inside and outside the stadium and asked the Mexican Football Federation’s Disciplinary Committee to prepare for sanctions. Criminal charges are also being filed for the acts of violence.
The statement confirmed that some people had been hospitalized but did not provide any figures or any evidence of deaths. The game will reportedly resume at a later date as per league rules.
Querétaro Governor Mauricio Kuri also denounced the violenceand demands that the institutions involved be held accountable for what led to the uprising Queretaro and Atlas published their own explanations calls on the authorities to hold the perpetrators accountable.