Barbaric, senseless and horrific scenes took place at Estadio Corregidor between Querétaro and Atlas fans on Saturday that has reportedly left fans dead. Mixed reporting has come in Saturday evening with one report claiming that 17 people have been killed due to fan violence. Other reports say people have been taken to the hospital but no mention of deaths.
Fan violence at Querétaro-Atlas in Mexico has led to reports of more than a dozen dead in the stadium. Terrible, terrible news.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) March 6, 2022
La primer cifra extraoficial es de 17 fallecidos.— david medrano felix (@medranoazteca) March 6, 2022
At least 17 people have been reported dead following fan violence at a Liga MX game between Atlas and Querétaro.The match was suspended after fans stepped onto the pitch and fights broke out. pic.twitter.com/ipFN5W1YeF
— B/R Football (@brfootball) March 6, 2022
El reporte de los lamentables acontecimientos del Corregidora de Querétaro… Hay una persona herida de gravedad y 5 más muy delicados @FOXSportsMX— Fernando Cevallos (@FerCevallosF) March 6, 2022
"The report of the unfortunate events of the Corregidora de Querétaro… There is one person seriously injured and 5 more very delicate."
In the second half of the game fights broke out between the two sets of fans. When the violence started spreading around the stadium fans began pouring onto the field looking for safety. Fighting then continued on the field, in the stands and outside the stadium. The images and videos of families, women and children running for their lives is heartbreaking. The game was suspended.
The following video is believed to be how the brawl began. While this footage contains fighting there isn’t any killing or blood in this clip.
— Fernando Cevallos (@FerCevallosF) March 6, 2022
The rest of the videos circulating on Twitter are violent, graphic and nightmarish. The aggressors used anything they could as weapons to attack rival fans. Many of the fans who were attacked were also stripped of their clothes.
This isn’t the first time that Querétaro fans have suspended a game due to violence. In 2019 a brawl between Atletico San Luis and Querétaro supporters ended up with 37 people injured.
Liga MX president Mikel Arriola has publicly condemned that violence.
Inadmisible y lamentable la violencia en el estadio la Corregidora de Querétaro. Se castigará ejemplarmente a los responsables por la ausencia de seguridad en el estadio. La seguridad d nuestros jugadores y afición es prioridad! Seguiremos informando— Mikel Arriola (@MikelArriolaP) March 6, 2022
“Inadmissible and unfortunate violence in the Corregidora stadium in Querétaro. Those responsible for the lack of security in the stadium will be punished in an exemplary manner. The safety of our players and fans is priority!”