Liga MX: Queretaro to welcome fans 1 year after violence, Chivas on hot streak, and more


Week 10 of the 2023 Clausura is now in the books. Looking back at the latest action in the top flight of Mexican men's soccer, here are three talking points and a few additional observations from the Liga MX weekend.

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As one-year anniversary of violence passes, Liga MX looks to bring fans back to Queretaro

Mexican soccer forever changed on March 5, 2022. During a home game for Queretaro against Atlas at the Estadio Corregidora, violent riots between supporters emerged in the stands and spilled out onto the pitch. With a noticeable lack of necessary security provided by Queretaro, players and fans were seen fleeing from the bloody and horrifying clashes in one of the darkest days in Liga MX history. Officials say the violence left 26 people injured, but that has been disputed by fans and news outlets who have alleged unconfirmed deaths.

Worries still linger after Sunday's one-year anniversary of the appalling events that unfolded. Although the league responded days afterwards with reprimands that included a one-year ban for all fans at Queretaro home games, a three-year ban at the stadium for their supporters groups, a change in Queretaro ownership, a five-year ban for those owners in league-wide activities and a leaguewide pause on all Liga MX supporter groups traveling for away games, it's difficult to feel as if enough was done to address the issue.

- Explainer, March 2022: Queretaro-Atlas violence

Despite the strong majority of Liga MX matches being safe for fans and families in attendance, the league has typically suffered at least one major brawl per year over the last decade. The hooligan-like supporters, known in Mexico as barras, are nearly always at the heart of these clashes, and when Liga MX had a chance to potentially ban them entirely after last year's clashes, league officials instead opted for a slap on the wrist.

While there has been a push to register members of supporters groups and to also pre-register match attendees online through a "Fan ID" system that is set to be mandatory by Week 14 or 15, that hasn't stopped altercations. For example, even with an empty home supporters section at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer last Saturday due to a Liga MX suspension for Monterrey's barras visiting an away game, fights still broke out during a 3-0 win over FC Juarez. Earlier in the season, there were also reports of altercations outside of stadiums during Atlas vs. Tigres and Toluca vs. Leon.