At least 22 people were injured, including two critically, on Saturday when fans brawled during a soccer game in central Mexico.
The match between Queretaro and Atlas at La Corregidora stadium in the city of Queretaro, the ninth round of the 2022 Clausura football tournament was in its 63rd minute when fights between opposing fans broke out.
As security guards opened the stadium doors to allow fans to get to safety, some instead continued to exchange blows, forcing the game to be stopped and sending the players to the locker room.
Chaotic scenes unfolded, with fans tumbling over each other and others cowering under a shower of furious kicks and punches.
Players from visiting Atlas quickly fled to the locker rooms, as did some from the Queretaro side. Other Queretaro players, including Uruguayan goalie Washington Aguerre, stayed near the bench trying to calm the fans.
After several minutes some of the fights moved to the field, where they continued punching and kicking. Some people were armed with chairs and metal bars.
The league condemned the violence in a message on its official Twitter account. League President Mikel Arriola said the game would not be resumed Saturday. He said those responsible for the lack of security in the stadium would be punished.
Graphic videos and photos circulated on social networks showing apparent fans motionless on the ground, in some cases stripped naked and covered with blood.
The executive president of Mexico’s Liga-MX slammed the events on Twitter, writing: “Those responsible for the lack of the security at the stadium will be exemplarily punished. The safety of our players and fans is priority!"
Atlas club demanded in a statement that authorities and the league open an investigation into the fight in order to determine “responsibilities to those involved" and ensure “the full force of the law will be applied."
Queretaro governor Marucio Kuri said the owners of the club “and institutions must answer for the facts."
“I have given instructions for the law to be applied with all its consequences," he tweeted.