The mayor of the Colombian capital criticized football fans this week after a massive brawl between stadium spectators spilled onto the pitch in the first match open to the public since the country’s first pandemic shutdown.
Bogota Mayor Claudia Lopez celebrated Tuesday night’s game between Independiente Santa Fe and Atletico Nacional at El Campin stadium as fans returned to the stands for the first time in 17 months, but the celebrations took were halted after a fight between the fans interrupted the match.
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“So many dreams of returning to Campin and they are doing it. Unacceptable!” tweeted the mayor. “We have rejected it and condemn it!
A fight broke out shortly before the end of the first half when El Nacional fan clubs invaded an area where Santa Fe supporters were seated. Dozens more then stormed the field, forcing about 50 minutes late.
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Lopez said in a later tweet that they would suspend public attendance at El Campin Stadium due to the “violent” fans.
She added that three people were injured and taken to hospital following the riot. Law enforcement stopped at least three people involved in the incident on Tuesday evening.
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El Campin is Bogota’s main football venue. Small venues nationwide began allowing fans in July. More than 26 million doses of vaccine have been administered in Colombia since July 30, according to the World Health Organization.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.