At least 17 fans have been reported dead, with 22 injured, after violence broke out during a game between Mexican football teams, Queretaro and Atlas.
The brawl broke out at Queretaro’s Estadio Corregidora on Saturday when rivals faced off, with officials stopping play in the 62nd minute as supporters of reigning champions Atlas clashed with those of their opponents.
The fan violence extended onto the field forcing the Liga MX contest at Estadio Corregidora to be abandoned midway through the second half, with at least 22 people thought to have been injured.
While some players left the pitch amid the scenes, others stayed out on the field in an effort to calm tensions between the rival groups of supporters.
Mexican football authorities and both clubs condemned the violence, promising full investigations.
“The Mexican Football Federation regrets and condemns the events that occurred this afternoon at Estadio Corregidora in Queretaro, in the match between Queretaro and Atlas,” read a Mexican Football Federation statement.
“Football must be a space of healthy coexistence where any type of violence is inadmissible.
“The FMF will monitor and assist in the investigation process with the corresponding instances so that those responsible are sanctioned in an exemplary manner.”
Liga MX president Mikel Arriola insisted any breakdown in stadium security would be investigated swiftly.
“Those responsible for the lack of security in the stadium will be punished in an exemplary manner,” Arriola posted on Twitter.
“The safety of our players and fans is a priority.”
Queretaro insisted they would cooperate fully with all investigations.
“We roundly condemn the events that occurred at Estadio Corregidora,” read a club statement.
“We are in full communication and coordination with the authorities so that they can act quickly against anyone responsible.
“As an institution, we condemn violence of any kind.”
TV Azteca broadcaster David Medrano Felix tweeted after the game, claiming an “unofficial” tally of 17 deaths, though at the time of writing this figure remains unconfirmed. Different sources carry different numbers of deaths and injuries, with The Mail reporting that two had died with a number of those injured in critical condition.
Former Mexico and Bolton Wanderers striker Jared Borgetti, who now covers the sport for ESPN, responded to the violence as footage from Queretaro continued to circulate.
“Who told them to go to the stadium, sing and get mad at their team for not playing well or winning. And what to say against the rival simply for wearing the opponent’s shirt,” Borgetti said.
“THESE ARE NOT FANS!! Soccer is a sport to go to have fun not to get angry.”
Atlas FC regrets and disapproves of the events that took place in Estadio Corregidora,” read the Atlas statement.
“Soccer must be an ally to promote values and fun for the whole family.
“We request the pertinent authorities, the Liga BBVA MX and the FMF, to investigate thoroughly and reach the ultimate consequences, determining the responsibilities of those who are involved, and applying the full force of the law.”
FG empowers women in sanitary items production
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About 30 women were trained over the weekend by the Ministry of Women Affairs, Bauchi State on the production of sanitary items for home management.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria the training was done in collaboration with QUB Resources Limited, Abuja, which provided the training.
The women were trained on how to make liquid soaps, hand sanitisers, and other disinfectants.
The training was done under the ministry’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Workshop.
Representative of QUB Resources Limited, Mrs. Lydia Shehu, said the theme of the one-day training is, ‘Building women’s economic resilience for inclusive recovery’.
Shehu said that the aim was for the attainment of personal and family hygiene and from bacteria, and viruses, among others, and to improve their means of livelihood.
She lauded the Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, Pauline Tallen for organising the programme, especially during this period of COVID-19 and other diseases.
The representative explained that the skills taught were not capital-intensive, adding that the trainees could start up the business with little income and train other women on the products.
Mr Macaroni Knocks Critics Over Sabinus AMVCA Win
Nigerian comedian, skit maker, actor and philanthropist Debo Adedayo popularly known as Mr Macaroni, has bashed those criticising his colleague, Sabinus’ win at the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards on Saturday.
Emmanuel Ejekwu aka Oga Sabinus had won the award for Best Online Content Creator at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) and he expressed his joy for being honoured in such a way.
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Following this, many have come out to argue that Mr Macaroni should have won the award. Reacting, Mr Macaroni tweeted, “Sabinus winning the AMVCA Award is very well deserved!! He has brought joy and laughter to the faces of millions including mine.
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I have also had the pleasure of featuring him in about 3 of my contents. I share in his win.
Please let us not ruin this beautiful moment.”
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2023 elections: APC fortunate, in control of 22 states – Adamu
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The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) Abdullahi Adamu, has stated that the ruling party is fortunate to be in control of 22 states ahead of the 2023 general elections.
This is as he promised that the party will field its finest candidates ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Adamu made the statement at the inauguration and screening of the party’s governorship, senatorial and House of Representatives aspirants in Abuja on Sunday.
The party chairman, who was represented by the Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Abubakar Kyari, urged the aspirants to stick to party rules as they jostle for the APC tickets.
“We have been very fortunate as a party that we have produced the best. Today we have 22 states and at the last count before myself (Kyari) and the national chairman and one of our colleagues resigned from the Senate we had 70 senators out of 109, which is just three shy of the two-third majority needed in the Senate. Also we have almost two-third of the House of Representatives membership.
“And even after we had left we had one senator who decamped into the APC from Sokoto and we’re expecting another one from Oyo to officially cross the aisle to the APC. All of us here in the National Working Committee, on behalf of the national chairman, would like to welcome you here,” he said.
According to him, APC is a strong party that is committed to delivering the right candidates for the forthcoming elections.
The national chairman added that he has no doubt that all the aspirants assembled at Fraser Suites in Central Business District area of Abuja can achieve the feat.
“I know there’s a long, long huddle ahead of all of us. I would like to at this point plead with you to be patient, screen thoroughly so that we can have the best of the best,” he said.
The APC National Organising Secretary, Suleiman Argungu, had on Saturday, disclosed that 1,693 politicians comprising 145 governorship, 351 senatorial and 1,197 for the House of Representatives aspirants were screened at the two-day exercise.
Argungu disclosed that “we have 28 presidential aspirants so far. They will be screened on May 23, 2022.”