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Why Was A Mexican Stadium Jalisco Closed?

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 In a match between Atlas and Guadalajara, Atlas was losing by 4, when one of its supporters hijacked the match and started protesting forcefully but was immediately detained.

But to the authorities’ dismay, there were more supporters who were ready to launch attacks on coach Tomas Boy.

On different media, pictures were published where both the teams were seen running toward the dressing rooms. As far as the match is concerned, it was immediately suspended whereas the security officials tried to bring the situation under control.

No match was resumed after the dust was settled and thus Guadalajara won by 4 goals. There were also some pictures where riot police can be seen tackling Atlas fans during different periods of the said match.

Those group of people that remonstrated with Tomas Boy and other team players are known as ‘Barra 51’

Atlas President after the incident told reporters, “It wasn’t just one fan, it was a number of them,” he told reporters. “They were running towards Tomas Boy and some of the players came to his defense.”

“When we took over Atlas one year ago, we supported the supporters’ groups and, sadly, today I inform you that they are banned from Jalisco indefinitely.”

The Jalisco stadium, which was the host of matches of the world cup 1970 and 1986, was sealed until further notice by the Guadalajara city government.

During the clash, almost 17 people were arrested and 40 people were injured. There was also some television footage showing police tackling the overpowering Barra 51. Police truncheons and helmets can also be seen thrown in the air by the fans.

The general secretary Jesus Lomeli, told reporters, “After revising the evidence we’re going to close the building, eight policemen are injured, two of them seriously thought out of danger. There are 30 civilians hurt, one of them gravely but out of danger”.

Lomeli also confirmed that 17 people were arrested. The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) also showed support for its decision of halting the match and arresting the remaining culprits. “We reaffirm our commitment to a clean game inside and outside the grounds, the Federation will at all times support the investigation to identify and punish those responsible for such pitiful acts,” 

In the Clausura Championship, the Chivas are in the seventh position acquiring 17 points from just 12 matches.

After the incident that occurred in the Jalisco stadium, The Chivas decided to ban the group Barra 51.

“Following the shameful acts that occurred during the Clasico Tapatio, Club Deportivo Guadalajara S.A. de C.V. informs that it will investigate with photos, videos, and witnesses who were the responsible ones for the assault on the police officers. We will put our resources to make sure these individuals never go inside a Mexican soccer stadium ever again,” read an official Chivas press release. “In addition, the club also announces that it has banned all members of organized supporter groups that were issued credentials at the start of this season if they are found to be responsible. This will take immediate effect for the upcoming Clasico against Club America.”

 

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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