Horrific videos capture barbaric rioting at Mexican soccer match; many hospitalized, deaths uncertain

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A stunningly violent riot erupted at a soccer match in the Mexican state of Querétaro this Saturday, leaving at least 22 people hospitalized, and all the violence occurring as security guards were reportedly just standing around on the phone.

Video footage from the riot shows Querétaro Fútbol Club fans and Atlas Fútbol Club fans literally dueling almost to the death both out on the field and in the stands.

The unruly behavior between fans was so horrific (and at times gruesome) that the game 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 The New York Times.

“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.”

The Times’ reporting was not an exaggeration.

Look, though keep in mind that initial reports that there were 18 to 17 deaths have seen been officially confirmed false:

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

“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,” the Times notes.

According to Milenio, a major Mexican newspaper, Querétaro and Atlas boast the “most violent” fans in all of Mexican soccer, as translated by Sporting News. And this reportedly is why much attention has been placed on the lax security at the stadium.

“There will be exemplary punishment for those responsible for the absence of security in the stadium. The security of our players and fans is priority,” Liga MX president Mikel Arriola said in a Twitter statement late Saturday.

Liga MX is like the NBA or NFL, except for Mexican soccer.

Sporting News notes that “the Queretaro State Police posted a tweet during the match in which they confirmed their presence at the stadium and noted (translated from Spanish) that ‘the first half is taking place in a tranquil environment and with a good atmosphere in the stands.'”

That image doesn’t appear to match with the footage of the riot …

Querétaro Gov. Mauricio Kuri has reportedly promised an in-depth investigaiton, though it appears he’s already begun pointing figures.

“The [Querétaro team] ownership group and institutions will have to respond for the events. I have given instructions so that the law is applied with all its consequences. In Queretaro there is no impunity,” he reportedly said in a statement.

The team has for its part reportedly condemned the violence and promised to comply with the investigation.

“We regret and condemn the events that occurred this afternoon in the Corregidora Stadium. No one deserves to experience a nightmare like this. We embrace all the families that were there and lived through such a terrible thing. We will always defend respect and peace,” the team reportedly said in a statement.

However, the team managed to discredit itself by reportedly proposing to resume the match with Atlas on Sunday.

“The board of @Club_Queretaro proposed that the game resume tomorrow, Sunday at noon. The board of @AtlasFC flatly refused the request, considering it insensitive,” according to a translation of Fox Sports MX’s Natalia León tweet below:

According to Sports News, as of early Sunday morning there were no reported deaths but 22 injured, two of whom were in serious condition.

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