Violence, mismanaged protests, gunfights: Veracruz's problems cap off horror weekend for Mexican soccer
MEXICO CITY -- A child crying in the arms of his mother on the field of Estadio Alfonso Lastras presented an appropriate visual representation of what was a nightmare weekend for Mexican soccer.
Violence, mismanaged protests and a suspended game capped off a weekend that the Mexican federation (FMF) and Liga MX will want to move on from as quickly as possible but will need to learn from moving forward. These were events that flew in the face of the idea that the Mexican game is modernizing and...
A running battle in the stands between Atletico San Luis and Queretaro fans caused the Liga MX game between the two clubs on Sunday to be suspended with five minutes remaining.
Queretaro had been leading 2-0 in the rivalry match when fighting broke out. TV images showed metal objects were thrown by both sets of fans and people getting viciously kicked and beaten inside Estadio Alfonso Lastras Ramirez.
Fans from other areas of the stadium poured onto the pitch as the violence broke out, causing confusion,...
Veracruz players protested unpaid wages by refusing to play for the first 4 minutes and 20 seconds of Friday's 3-1 Liga MX home loss against Tigres, giving up two early goals in the process.
Tigres' players joined the protest for the first 60 seconds, but then began to play after goalkeeper Sebastian Jurado kicked the ball away and ceded possession.