Warning, the following article contains video of disturbing and graphic violence.
A Mexican soccer match between Querétaro and Atlas ended in horrifying fashion on Saturday, with a massive fan riot.
The Liga MX match was suspended and not resumed after pausing in the 60th minute. Fans could be seen fighting across Querétaro's Estadio Corregidora, from the stands to on the field. Some images, which Yahoo Sports is not sharing, showed multiple bodies lying motionless on the ground.
TV Azteca's David Medrano Felix later reported an initial death toll of 17, which remains unofficial as authorities sort out the aftermath. An official report claimed 44 people had been wounded, with two serious cases and none dead. A different report from the body governing emergency services had the number of wounded at 22, all men. Nine of those were transferred to the hospital and two are in critical condition.
Jalisco governor Enrique Alfaro himself said there had been no deaths Saturday night.
This game in #Queretaro vs #atlas is the craziest soccer riot I’ve ever seen on live TV. #LigaMX Queretaro fans decided to bum rush the field and just beat up everyone wearing an atlas shirt in the whole stadium. Women and children fleeing in panic. pic.twitter.com/DDHlQSKuF9
— facundo segundo (@felixthemichael) March 6, 2022
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Liga MX president Mikel Arriola tweeted out a statement denouncing the violence, which roughly translated to:
Unacceptable and unfortunate violence in the Estadio Corregidora in Querétaro. Those responsible for the lack of security in the stadium will be punished as an example. The safety of our players and fans is priority! We will continue reporting.
A subsequent statement from Liga MX announced the league had initiated an in-depth investigation into incidents that took place both inside and outside the stadium and asked the disciplinary commission of the Mexican Football Federation to prepare for sanctions. Criminal complaints will also be filed for the acts of violence.
The statement confirmed some people had been hospitalized, but provided no numbers nor indication of any deaths. The match will reportedly be resumed at a later date, as stipulated by league rules.
Querétaro governor Mauricio Kuri also denounced the violence, demanding that the institutions involved answer for what led to the riot, while Querétaro and Atlas released their own statements calling for the authorities to hold the perpetrators responsible.