Mexican authorities suspended five officials after fan violence at Liga MX clash

Five officials have been suspended by Mexican authorities after Saturday's Liga MX clash between Atlas FC and Queretaro descended into mass violence.

23 men remain hospitalised from the horrific scenes, with ten of them in a serious condition and three in a critical state, according to The Associated Press.

With Atlas leading 1-0, the game was abandoned shortly after the second half began as Police were unable to contain fights that broke out amongst fans in the stands, and the riot spilled onto the pitch and around the stadium.

But five officials have been suspended following the incident, including police and civil defense employees, as well as three people who focus on planning and preparations.

Guadalupe Murguia, the interior secretary of Queretaro state has announced that suspensions have been handed out following the investigation into Saturday's match, and also added that the company they employ to handle security would have its contracts cancelled

Queretaro and Atlas share a heated rivalry in Mexico, but this was another dark day for football as it was initially feared that multiple people had been killed.

However, later reports clarified that thankfully, that was not yet understood to be the case as officials from the Coordination of Civil Protection of the State of Queretaro said: "The rest are stable."

On Sunday FIFA released a statement condemning the fan violence in Saturday's game, which read: "The violence was unacceptable and intolerable.

"FIFA joins the Mexican Football Association and Concacaf in condemning this barbaric incident and encouraging the local authorities to bring swift justice to those responsible.

"Our thoughts are with all those who suffered its consequences."

Liga MX president Mikel Arriola suspended all of Sunday's league games, and investigations continue from Saturday's horrifying encounter.

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