The Darkest day for Mexican Soccer

Why and How were people injured in the last Mexico Soccer fight?

The Darkest day for Mexican Soccer – Guadalupe Murgia, Querétaro’s interior minister, said on Sunday that the private company partly responsible for the security of the football stadium would also terminate its contracts. Police were also on the scene when a brawl erupted in a match between Queretaro’s landlord and defending league champion Atlas of Guadalajara, but they also failed to contain the violence. 

What was the case?

The five suspended officials include police and civil protection officers and three planning and training officers. All games in Mexico’s top division were cancelled on Sunday, and the league may ban noisy fans from away matches.   

Showing how much blood there is between Querétaro fans and visitors to Guadalajara, Jalisco, Murgia announced that the seven men injured in the fight, who were believed to be visiting Atlas fans, would be escorted by police to the state border when they were released from the hospital. to protect them. “We regret and condemn these events, which are contrary to the spirit of our football,” the Mexican Football Association said in a statement. The suspension affected three matches scheduled for Sunday. Saturday’s game was abandoned in the 62nd minute after more fights broke out in the stands.   

Security personnel opened the camp’s gates to allow fans, including women and children, to leave the stands. Querétaro state authorities said 23 people remained in hospital on Sunday. Ten of them are in serious condition, three more are in critical condition with severe injuries. They may have been three men seen unconscious or severely beaten to the ground, kicked and repeatedly punched in videos posted on social media.    

What is the take of FIFA on the case?

FIFA, the governing body of international football, said it was “shocked by the tragic incident that occurred at the La Corregidora stadium in Queretaro during the match between Queretaro and Atlas.” He called the violence “unacceptable and intolerable”. “FIFA joins the Mexican Football Federation and the Concacaf (North American Football Federation) to condemn this barbaric incident and call on local authorities to quickly bring those responsible to justice. Our thoughts are with all those affected by the consequences,” yes said in the message. 

Mauricio Curi said on Sunday: “What happened yesterday fills me with pain, shame and great anger. I don’t have words strong enough to condemn the violence, the insults and the senselessness of what happened yesterday.” 

After the fight started, the players visiting Atlas quickly fled to the locker room, as did some on the Querétaro side. Other Querétaro players, including Uruguay goalkeeper Washington Aguerre, remained close to the bench to calm the fans. A few minutes later, part of the fight moved to the field, where they continued to punch and kick.    

Some people were armed with metal chairs and bars. You could see the fan throwing a knife to cut off the goal. Others destroyed one side’s bench, and some fought in the field’s tunnel.    

“The blackest day for Mexican football,” read the headline on the front page of the Mexican newspaper El Universal on Sunday. Indeed, violence between rival gangs of football fans is common in Mexico’s stadiums. Guadalajara is the capital of Jalisco, and Atlas has also recently had problems with violence among its fans. Last year, the “classic” had a fight with his rival in the city of Chivas in the stands.   

“Unfortunately, what’s happening in Queretaro … is also happening in my country,” said former Mexico captain Rafael Marquez, who started his career at Atlas and later became their coach. Curry condemned the violence and said the owners of the Queretaro club must be held accountable for what happened. He also vowed to investigate whether the authorities or anyone else was negligent in failing to quell the violence. “I have instructed to apply the law and bear all the consequences,” he said. Both teams issued statements condemning the violence.   

Mikel Arriola, president of the MX League, said he would likely implement biometric or facial recognition systems in stadiums to detect troublemakers. “We need to put digital security measures to identify who hangs out, starting with the barras,” Arriola said, referring to organized fan clubs that often engage in violence. Arriola said he would propose at a meeting of club owners on Tuesday to exclude those clubs from his teams’ away games.   

State authorities said police officers were on duty at the stadium, but they were primarily members of the private security service. Video footage of the match showed that the security forces were primarily female officers who unsuccessfully tried to quell the fights. Large squads of police guard some football matches in Mexico. “Safety at the stadium is a personal responsibility, but despite this, I admit that the police were insufficient and did not act quickly enough,” the governor said. 

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