Mexico soccer riot: Fans ask FIFA to take the 2026 World Cup away from Mexico

Posted Monday, March 07, 2022 by

Fans want exemplary punishment for Mexico

Mexico soccer riot: Fans ask FIFA to take the 2026 World Cup away from Mexico
Mexico soccer riot.

Liga MX suspended all matches scheduled for Sunday after a large brawl between fans during the previous day's match between Queretaro and Atlas.

"We regret and condemn these events, which run contrary to the spirit of our soccer," the Mexican Soccer Federation said in a statement. The suspension affected three matches scheduled for Sunday.

The Saturday match was suspended in the 62nd minute after multiple fights broke out in the stands. Security personnel opened the gates to the field so that fans, including women and children, could escape the stands.

Queretaro state authorities said that there are at least 26 injured (24 men and 2 women) and 3 serious patients (one of them was intubated, but no longer needs life support and is in critical moments).

Fans call for Mexico not to host the 2026 World Cup

Dozens of fans reacted and asked on social networks for Mexico to have an exemplary punishment after the acts of violence in the match between Queretaro and Atlas.

After Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which some categorized as 'alien to sport', Twitter users have recalled that because of that fact many organizations left the Russians out of any sporting competition.

For this reason, they are calling for the same measures to be taken against Mexico after the violence at the Corregidora Stadium, where 26 people have been hospitalized.

Another outraged user wrote: "If FIFA made the decision to leave Russia out of Qatar for reasons that have nothing to do with soccer, of course this is more than enough to leave Mexico out because of what happened."

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