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Bogotá closes soccer stadiums to the public after violence between fans

Bogotá closes soccer stadiums to the public after violence between fans

The Mayor’s Office of Bogotá suspended the entry of fans to the football stadiums after the incidents sustained in the stands by some fans who, in addition, invaded the field of the El Campín stadium, during the first game with the public in a year and a half of the pandemic.

At least three people were injured in the clashes between followers of Santa Fe and Atlético Nacional on Tuesday night, according to the mayor, Claudia López.

As a result, the president announced on Twitter the order to “indefinitely suspend the entry of the public” to the El Campín and Techo stadiums, both in the Colombian capital, and described as “unacceptable” the behavior of “some misfits and violent fans ».

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“It is absurd that with only 8,300 people who finally entered Campín after 16 months this is the behavior (…) this does not make sense,” said the local government secretary, Luis Ernesto Gómez, quoted in a bulletin.

In videos released by authorities, fans are seen invading the field during halftime, while others clash in the stands with the police nearby.

Some fans tore the chairs to attack their rivals.

Edison Romario, 26, “was brutally beaten by Nacional fans. He presented moderate head trauma and a fractured nose. Fortunately, he is out of danger, ”said Secretary Gómez.

Three people have been arrested, according to the first report from the mayor’s office.

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“We reject acts of violence and intolerance that occurred at the El Campín stadium in Bogotá,” said the president of Colombia, Iván Duque, on Twitter this Wednesday.

The match for the third date of the Clausura-2021 Colombian soccer tournament was stopped for more than an hour, due to excesses. However, the game’s referee, Carlos Betancur, decided to resume it after the police took control of the field and the public returned to the stands.

The teams went to rest with the score at zero. Visiting Atlético Nacional finally took the victory with a goal in the second part from midfielder Baldomero Perlaza.

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The main Colombian cities have authorized the return of the public to sporting and cultural events, when the deadliest peak of the pandemic subsides.

With 50 million inhabitants, Colombia with 121,500 deaths is the third country in Latin America with the most deaths from covid-19 in proportion to its population (2,360 deaths per million people), after Peru and Brazil. Afp (HN)

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