It seems that Mexican soccer has learned nothing from the violence in the stands, after the unfortunate events that took place at the Estadio Corregidora in early March. This afternoon, at the end of the Liga MXCruz Azul vs. San Luis match at the Estadio Azteca, a group of fans, apparently all cementeros, came to blows at the exit of one of the tunnels of the stadium.
Cruz Azul’s defeat inflames fans
The images were captured on video and shared on social networks. The images show bloodied fans and others lying on the ground while being separated by the police present at the stadium.
According to different publications on social networks, the fight originated between Cruz Azul fans, frustrated by their team’s loss to the Tuneros, which moved them to sixth overall with one game to go before the end of the regular season.
The fight started in tunnel 9 of the stadium and from there spread to the north concourse, where more fans became involved. Some tried to intervene to stop the blows, telling the rioters that there were women and children who could get hurt.
The brawl went on for several minutes and several fans had blood on their faces and T-shirts, and some ended up confronting the police, who tried to calm them down and evacuate them from the building.
Homophobic chant and the presence of “barras bravas” in the stadium
The only goal of the match was scored by Ricardo Chvez, who received a long pass from Jhon Murillo and scored with his left foot.
Hours before the match, it had been confirmed that the Celeste fans could join the team and, at the end of the match, homophobic chant were heard in the stands and “Fuera Reynoso” (Reynoso out) was also chanted.
In other words, the efforts implemented by the League to eradicate the barras from the stadiums were rejected by the Cruz Azul board of directors, even though their supporters’ club had not had a violent history.
With the shouts in the stands, security inside the stadium was immediately mobilized to prevent any violent act. The homophobic chant against the Argentine goalkeeper, Marcelo Barovero, could be heard, despite the fact that it was overlapped with the local sound. Despite this, the police removed a couple of fans from the stands because they were causing problems among the fans. It seems that this could have been the trigger for the fight.
In other words, all these irregularities could lead to an economic sanction for the board of directors and even a ban on the stadium.
Cruz Azul’s “barra brava” returned to the stadium after two of their team’s home games, where they were banned as a consequence of the fight at the Estadio Corregidora, where all the cheering groups were excluded from their respective stadiums.