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Querétaro to play behind closed doors all season with club for sale

Liga MX President Mikel Arriola announced the ban of the club on Tuesday during a press conference following an extraordinary meeting of league owners.

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Querétaro to play behind closed doors all season with club for sale
Sebastián Laureano Miranda.EFE

It is official! Club Querétaro is up for sale and the current owners have to accept an offer before the end of the year. The announcement was made on Tuesday by Liga MX president Mikel Arriola following an extraordinary meeting of league owners and it has been called a ‘historic decision.’ The game was suspended in the second half when Atlas was winning 1-0 and due to the riots Querétaro was forced to forfeit the match.

Also, the current owners of Querétaro have been banned for the next five years from Mexican soccer after the bloody riots that left 26 hospitalized. The sanctions didn’t stop there because Arriola has also banned Querétaro’s supporters’ group for three years and the affiliated teams will play behind closed doors regardless of the venue for one year.

A historic punishment in Mexican soccer

Club Querétaro was also fined with almost $70,000 and they will also play behind closed doors for one year when they are at home, regardless of the venue. To conclude with the sanctions, Arriola also confirmed that Atlas’ supporters’ group that were located on the receiving end of the Corregidora stadium, were banned from home games for the next six months.

The latest report

Mauricio Kuri, governor of Querétaro, confirmed this week that 10 people have been arrested and they are looking for another 26 suspects that have been identified. Arriola also said that the people found guilty of participating in the bloody riots over the weekend will be banned from any stadium in Mexico for life.

The officials from Querétaro are insisting that no one died during the riots, even though the reports from that night confirmed that at least 17 people died. While they did confirm that 26 people were hospitalized, 20 have been released and five remain in critical conditions.