At least 22 people were brutally injured – two of them seriously – after a football match descended into carnage in central Mexico on Saturday.
Unconfirmed reports are circulating that up to 17 people could have died attending the game between the host Queretaro and Atlas from Guadalajara – the reigning league champion.
The match was suspended in the 62nd minute when multiple fights suddenly broke out in the stands – with men seen tearing off the jerseys of their rivals.
Security personnel opened the front gates to the field so that fans, including women and children, could escape the stands.
Players from visiting Atlas quickly fled to the locker rooms as did some from the Queretaro side. Other Queretaro players, including Uruguayan goalie Washington Aguerre, stayed near the bench trying to calm the fans.
Shocking footage shared online shows bloodied fans – some of them stripped naked – lying unresponsive outside the ground as others continue to kick and punch at them.