Saturday, August 20, 2011

Santos - Morelia Match Suspended After Gun Battle Occurs Outside Stadium

UPDATED: 8/22/2011 at 5:36 am central time

Although they may not dwell on it, most citizens of the United States and Europe are familiar with the violence in Mexico connected to the drug trade. This violence has permeated much of everyday life in Mexico, especially in the big cities and along the borders. The one refuge, the one safe place to get away from the senseless bloodshed in Mexico has been the football stadiums, but today even that safety was shattered as a firefight erupted outside of the Territorio Santos Modelo in Torreon, Mexico, bringing a scary and abrupt end to the Santos - Morelia match.

The match was tied at 0-0 in the 40th minute when the sound of gunfire sent players running for the tunnels and fans diving to the ground.

Initial reports on Twitter, including Tweets from U.S. Footballer DaMarcus Beasley, indicated there was gunfire but it was uncertain as to whether it was occurring inside or outside of the stadium.

Initial reports coming out of Mexico indicate that a police patrol vehicle near, but outside of, the stadium was attacked by gunmen; however, more recent reports indicate that police tried to stop three trucks, but the trucks refused to stop resulting in a chase and shootout. So for it appears that nobody was killed, though a police officer was injured.

Although it appears that bullets found their way into the stadium, as seen in this picture:

Nobody in the stadium was injured.

At this time it is unclear what cartel was involved in this violence, which resulted in the first ever top flight match cancellation due to drug violence, but both the Sinaloa Cartel and the Zetas Cartel have been active in Torreon.

On Sunday,El Blog del Narco posted its story on Saturday's incident.

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