USA team and fans get security insurance for Mexico game after league brawl

The United States Soccer Federation has received assurances from Mexican Soccer Federation officials that players and fans will be safe at a World Cup qualifier between the teams in Mexico City this month after violent clashes that marred a Mexican championship game.

A brawl between fans at a stadium in the central city of Querétaro during the Querétaro-Atlas game last Saturday sent 26 people, mostly men, to hospital, three of them in critical condition.

Cellphone videos that went viral and sparked outrage in Mexico and beyond showed people being brutally beaten.

“As we prepare for our World Cup qualification…at the Estadio Azteca on March 24, we want to pause to express our thoughts on the unbearable and horrific tragedy that happened in a match of championship,” the United States Soccer Federation said in a statement.

“US Soccer has spoken with officials from the Mexican Football Federation, who have assured us that American and Mexican fans, teams and players will safely experience one of the greatest national team rivalries in the world. in sport, as has been the case at the Estadio Azteca in previous matches.

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“We are convinced that the pain resulting from the heartbreaking violence at the Estadio Corregidora is not the only pain that Mexico endures. Although we are opponents on the pitch, it is important to remember that football is a community. world and that our bond transcends rivalries, competition and results.”

With three games to play in qualifying, Canada leads the eight-team CONCACAF group with 25 points, four ahead of the United States and Mexico.

The top three automatically qualify for Qatar 2022, with the fourth-placed team qualifying for international qualifiers.

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