A soccer game in the Central Mexican state of Queretaro descended into violent clashes between fans of the opposing teams on Saturday. The authorities said 22 people had been injured, two of them critically.
The match, in a stadium in the city of Querétaro, was called off after just over an hour of play as fans began attacking one another, provoking panic among other spectators, many of whom ran onto the field, according to news reports and videos from the scene.
Shocking footage posted on social media showed groups of men dragging people across the concrete outside the stadium, kicking and beating them, and ripping off their clothes. Another video showed a topless man being beaten and whipped.
Mexico has some of the most despicable fan bases in the world, today was proof of that during a Queretaro vs Atlas FC game. It was matchday 9 in the Mexican tournament as the world is going crazy with the war between Ukraine and Russia.
At the start of every game, all teams made a pledge for peace around the world but ultras in Mexican football don’t really care about that. The Queretaro fans are infamous for how violent they can get in their own ‘La Corregidora’ stadium.
They were losing 0-1 at the 60th minute with a solo goal from Julio Furch. Suddenly the images started getting unusual closeups from the players as a brawl erupted in the stands.
In a matter of minutes, several supporters started stepping into the pitch but mostly families, children and women were doing it. The fight that broke out in the stands will go down in history as one of the deadliest and most brutal in Liga MX history.
There are already 17 reported dead as a result of a bitter rivalry between ultras from both teams. The most affected side was the Atlas fans, who are the ones reporting the highest count of deaths. We obviously won’t show any specific images out of respect for the victims but Twitter has plenty of them.
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