A massive brawl broke out in the stands of a football game in Mexico on Saturday, leaving at least 26 people injured, two of whom are in serious condition.
The Liga MX match between Querétaro and Atlas was halted in the second half as fighting ensued at the Corregidora stadium.
Querétaro state governor Mauricio Kuri said 24 men and two women were injured. Of those, Kuri said 10 suffered minor injuries and three were deemed to be in “critical” condition.
Photos from the game show fans, some of whom appear bloodied, fighting on the field and in the stands, punching and hitting each other with objects.
“We strongly condemn the events that have taken place today at the Corregidora Stadium,” said a statement from Querétaro.
“We are communicating and coordinating with the authorities so that they can act quickly against anyone responsible for these events. As an institution, we condemn any form of violence. We will continue to update.”
Atlas, the reigning champion of Liga MX, won 1-0 when the match was interrupted.
“Atlas FC regrets and condemns the events that took place at the Corregidora Stadium,” the club said in a statement.
“Football should promote values and fun for the whole family. We ask that the appropriate authorities, the BBVA Mexico League and the FMF [Mexican Football Federation]thoroughly investigate to the ultimate consequences, determine responsibilities for those involved and apply the law with full force.”
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The FMF said on Saturday that an investigation had been opened into events during the match to “analyze and determine what appropriate action should be taken”.
Liga MX president Mikel Arriola also said the remaining ninth round matches scheduled for Sunday have been postponed in solidarity with those affected by the incidents in Querétaro.