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The Mexican soccer league has banned Queretaro from fans because of a violent brawl

Mexican football authorities on Tuesday ordered Queretaro to play its home games in an empty stadium for a year after fans were involved in a bloody killing spree Brawl in which at least 26 people were injured and made headlines around the world.

The penalties, imposed by Mexico’s top men’s soccer league and the country’s soccer federation, will also ban Queretaro fans from attending away games for three years, league president Mikel Arriola told reporters.

Authorities said three people are in critical condition following Saturday’s scuffle during a match in which Queretaro faced Visitor Atlas, the reigning Liga MX champion.

Cellphone videos that went viral, sparking outrage in Mexico and beyond showed people being brutally beaten.

Arriola and Mexico Football Confederation boss Yon de Luisa announced the measures at a joint press conference.

“We don’t want criminals in disguise,” Arriola said, referring to organized groups of fans who have been blamed for the violence. Such groups will need credentials to participate in future games, he added.

Cellphone videos of the violence went viral, sparking outrage in Mexico
Cellphone videos of the violence went viral, sparking outrage in Mexico
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The top four members of Queretaro’s management team were also banned from any future roles with other teams, while the club was fined 1.5 million pesos (US$70,150).

Neither league nor association officials addressed what had sparked the violence that spilled from the stands onto the pitch as hundreds of people desperately sought cover.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/09/mexican-soccer-league-hits-queretaro-with-fan-ban-for-brutal-brawl/ The Mexican soccer league has banned Queretaro from fans because of a violent brawl

JOE HERNANDEZ

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