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Football: Mexico stadium closed after fans riot, 40 hurt and 17 arrested

Published on Mar 24, 2014 5:49 PM

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The Guadalajara city authorities closed the Jalisco stadium on Sunday after fans clashed with police, leaving close to 40 people injured and 17 arrested after the local derby.

Fans of the Guadalajara Chivas, who had earlier lit dozens of flares, fought a running battle with outnumbered police on the upper terraces of the stadium near the end of Saturday's 1-1 draw with bitter city rivals Atlas.

Television footage showed police helmets and truncheons flying through the air and officers pushed down the terraces by fans wearing red- and white-striped Guadalajara shirts.

"We're going to proceed according to the regulations. After revising the evidence we're going to close the building," Jesus Lomeli, general secretary of Guadalajara town hall, told reporters.

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