Mexico Soccer Riot Leaves 22 Injured, Querétaro Officials Say

Mexico Soccer Riot Leaves 22 Injured, Querétaro Officials Say

MEXICO CITY — A soccer game in central Mexico 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.

“I strongly condemn today’s violence at the Corregidora Stadium,” Mauricio Kuri, the governor of Querétaro State, said on Twitter. “I have given instructions to apply the law with all its consequences. In Querétaro there is no impunity.”

Atlas, the defending champion of Liga MX, the Mexican soccer league, had been leading Querétaro’s team 1-0 when the fighting broke out in the stands. The violence soon spread onto the field and into the area around the stadium, according to videos shared online.

Liga MX said in a statement that it had begun “an in-depth investigation into what happened in the stands, on the pitch and outside the building during the match.”

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