Mexico has worked hard to remove hooliganism from its stadiums.
A reconciliation meeting between fans of Mexico’s ‘big four’ clubs ended in a fight this week.
Fan leaders from Chivas, Cruz Azul, Pumas UNAM, and Club America held a meeting this week in an attempt to find ways to prevent violence during their games this weekend – but ironically, the gathering ended in a big fight.
The four teams – traditionally Mexico’s most successful and most widely-supported – will all play each other in Mexico City this weekend, as Pumas host America and Chivas travel to Cruz Azul. In preparation for the big weekend the city authorities had tried to organise a ‘peace pact’, but it went badly wrong.
It was reported that at the end of the meeting fans from Pumas and America started directing insulting chants at each other, and later engaged in a mass brawl in Mexico City’s historic main square.
Witnesses said that America fans chased the Pumas fans away, but the Pumas returned with more men. The police eventually intervened, allegedly arresting six fans.
So far, the clubs have not made a statement about the incident.