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SBD Global/March 25, 2014/International Football

Liga MX Side Atlas, Jalisco State Governor Promise To Punish Fans Involved In Fracas

Liga MX side Guadalajara said in a statement that it will "seek a lifetime stadium ban for unruly fans after two police [officers] were injured in an altercation Saturday night at Estadio Jalisco" during the club's 1-1 draw against Atlas, according to ESPN. Guadalajara said in the statement, "After what happened at the clasico in Estadio Jalisco, where a group of pseudo-fans had an altercation with the police, Chivas has determined, based on videos, pictures and public statements, that it will do what is needed so that these individuals can no longer enter any Mexican League stadium. We will also offer our support to find all those responsible for injuring police as well as investigate in detail the cause of these violent acts and starting today we will ban all members of the supporter's group who were involved" (ESPN, 3/24). In Mexico City, Jesús Hernández reported Guadalajara Owner Jorge Vergara Madrigal said on Twitter on Sunday that he would "donate money to cover the medical costs of the treatment for the injured officers." Madrigal "also said that the club would use its resources to find those responsible for the violence" (LA AFICION, 3/23). LA AFICION reported Jalisco Governor Aristóteles Sandoval tweeted on Sunday, "as a Jalisco citizen and fan of football I am dismayed and sad about the violence that occurred yesterday at our Jalisco Stadium." Sandoval "assured that the incident will be formally investigated and that there will be no impunity under any circumstances." Sandoval also tweeted, "Los estadios de fútbol son y serán de las familias; no permitiremos que la violencia nos arrebate ese gran espectáculo que es el fútbol" ("The football stadiums are currently and will always be for families; we will not allow violence to snatch from us the great show that is football") (LA AFICION, 3/23).
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