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By Manuel Aguilera-Prieto
On March 5th, violence erupted at a soccer match between Mexican football clubs Querétaro and Atlas. Local media reported 26 injuries, three of which were deemed critical. Fans present during the altercation have insisted that there were numerous deaths, although the state of Querétaro has denied these claims.
The visiting club Atlas was leading by one goal to nil when the match was abruptly suspended in the 62nd minute due to fighting in the stands. Officials opened the field so that spectators could escape the ongoing brawls, although the situation quickly advanced to the pitch once the players had been evacuated. Violent fans could be seen wielding metal bars and chairs to assault the rival team’s supporters. The game was immediately called off by the referee, and a 3-0 default win was awarded to Atlas.
League officials have condemned the violence, and several measures have been taken to punish the agressors and the owners of Querétaro, the latter of which has been fined for 1.5 million pesos. The most severe sanction orders that ownership of the club be transferred to new stakeholders. Additionally, the club’s board of directors has been banned for five years.
Fans will face consequences as well. The league stated that Querétaro’s hardcore fan base, known broadly as “barra,” will be banned for three years at home games and an additional year at away games. Moreover, all games in their home stadium of La Corregidora will have to be played behind closed doors for the next year.
Although violence at soccer matches is not unheard of, the severity of this incident has shocked and appalled the sports world. With the 2026 World Cup planned to be held in three North American countries, FIFA officials have to consider the concerns about hosting matches in Mexico.
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By Clarissa Monet Brown
Due to the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine, the World Motor Sports Council has decided to cancel its contract with the promoter of the Russian Grand Prix, stating that Russia “will not have a race.” The council’s decision motivated Formula 1 to legally distance itself from Russia. The move cancels a race scheduled to take place in Sochi on September 25. As a further consequence, an additional contract with Russia running through 2025 was also canceled. The bans were also extended to Belarus in response to the aid provided to Russia during the invasion of Ukraine. F1 stated that both Russia and Belarus would face consequences including the removal of Russian and Belarusian elected FIA officials, ineligibility for FIA grants, and a ban on FIA competitions being held in either country.
In a move by Motorsport UK—the governing body for four-wheel motorsports in the United Kindom—Russian and Belarusian drivers will no longer have their licenses recognized and will be effectively barred from competition. The decision of various international bodies to penalize Russia for its continued aggression against Ukraine has been heavily influenced by recommendations from the International Olympics Committee, as stated by chairman David Richards of Motorsport UK. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has caused ripples not just in motorsports but throughout the sports world. The International Tennis Federation has pushed back against Russia by instituting a ban on players representing Russia or Belarus. Even strategic board games have not escaped the effects of Russia’s invasion, with the International Chess Federation prohibiting games from being held in either country as well.
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By Andrew Campos
Director of Operations
1992 was a simpler time. “The Dream Team” — the outstanding 1992 U.S. Men’s Basketball Team that heralded the legendary likes of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird — collectively sought to earn a Gold Medal after the American team had lost to the Soviet Union in the 1988 Summer Olympics. The “Dream Team” went for gold and inevitably succeeded, and in doing so demonstrated the tenacity and formidable athleticism of American basketball players. The 1992 U.S. Men’s Basketball Team enshrined themselves as cultural leaders in the realm of basketball, inspiring basketball fans abroad. More importantly, at this time, a global pandemic had yet to dramatically alter the lives of billions of individuals across the world.
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