A video of a mass brawl that erupted among fans during a Mexican top-flight football game is currently circulating across social media.
The ugly scenes which led to the game being called off took place during a football game between San Luis and Queretaro in Mexico.
The visitors, Queretaro, were holding a 2-0 lead with just around five minutes of the game still left to play when the violence exploded in the stands and subsequently onto the pitch on Sunday.
Footages online show the serious melee that ensued during the game, as fans struck out at each other in a bid to get away from danger.
One horrifying moment that was captured was when a mob was seen beating a man with what seemed like metal poles, belts and sticks at San Luis’ Estadio Alfonso Lastras Ramirez Stadium.
The victim was first dragged through the terraces on the stands before the angry mob took turns to inflict more pain with kicks and punches.
Violence in several parts of the stands forced fans to pour onto the pitch as the chaos continued.
According to ESPN, at least 37 people were injured in the violence which reportedly erupted after a San Luis fan was set upon by Queretaro supporters at which point “dozens came to his aid.”
Riot police eventually intervened to get the frightening situation under control while Queretaro players were reportedly guarded for two hours after the game to protect them from the violent thugs.
Speaking after the incident, San Luis coach Gustavo Matosas said: “It’s a situation that leaves us all sad and very worried. It’s something that we don’t want to see happen in football.”
The top tier of the Mexican football league system, Liga MX, has since released a statement condemning the violence while also calling for authorities and the Mexican football federation to investigate the situation and impose appropriate sanctions.