Images of the violent fight between supporters during a soccer match in Mexico

The images bear witness to incredible violence. In Querétaro, in central Mexico, a football match turned into a fight between supporters. At least 26 people were injured and three are in serious condition. The brawls broke out at the 63and minute of the match, in a real atmosphere of hatred, as seen in the video below.

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Following this violence, the Mexican Football League decided to ban the travel of supporters.

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“As of today, supporters of visiting clubs will not be able to enter the stadiums”said the president of the League Mikel Arriola during a press conference at the La Corregidora stadium in Querétaro, where the incidents broke out on Saturday evening.

The clashes in the stands began in the 63and minute of the first division match between the local club and Atlas (Guadalajara).

Overwhelmed, the few security guards present in the stadium allowed the public to take refuge on the lawn, which caused the immediate cessation of the meeting. On the field, supporters continued to fight, while families with children tried to protect themselves.

On the images, we can see a supporter trying to throw a can, another hitting with a chair or even a third hounding a man with a bloody face, trying to protect himself with one hand and to hold back with the second his pants fell over his knees.

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The players then returned to the locker room. Querétaro led 1-0 against Atlas, the outgoing champions of the last opening tournament.

“The toll of these events at present is 26 people injured, 24 men and two women, who required medical treatment in hospital”detailed the governor of the state of Querétaro, Mauricio Kuri, during a press conference.

“Of the 23 still hospitalized, three are in serious condition”specified the governor who also recognized that the security forces were insufficient and had not acted quickly enough.

Expectation of drastic decisions

The International Football Federation, which has entrusted the organization of its 2026 World Cup to Mexico, in partnership with the United States and Canada, protested against this violence on Sunday. “unacceptable and intolerable”.

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“Fifa joins the Mexican Federation and Concacaf (Confederation of North America, Central America and the Caribbean) in condemning this barbaric incident and encouraging local authorities to quickly bring those responsible to justice”she added in a press release.

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The Mexican Football League has meanwhile announced the suspension of the other matches of the ninth day of the championship which were to take place at the end of the weekend.

“Those responsible for the lack of security measures in the stadium will be punished in an exemplary manner”promised the president of the League Mikel Arriola.

“The law must be applied with firmness”, estimated Enrique Alfaro, governor of the state of Jalisco, where the Atlas club is located, in a video posted on social networks. The Querétaro club also condemned the violence.

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Football fans believe that we must go further: “What irritates me the most is that the management of the Mexican Football Federation does nothing, they say that they are going to sanction, but more drastic, more severe decisions are needed”regrets Ricardo, a 27-year-old student who refused to give his last name.

“It’s very sad, normally families go to see a football match at the stadium with the guarantee that they will not lose their lives”said 36-year-old engineer David Rocha.

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