Las Vegas Sun

April 17, 2014

Currently: 81° — Complete forecast | Log in | Create an account

Less than 20 citations — and no arrests — in Las Vegas soccer brawls

Image

Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun

A Chivas fan charges into a group of Club America fans after El Super Clasico soccer game Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at Sam Boyd Stadium.

El Super Clasico - Chivas Fan Beaten

A Chivas fan lies motionless on the field after being beaten nearly unconscious by Club America fans after El Super Clasico soccer game Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at Sam Boyd Stadium. Launch slideshow »

Police say they issued less than 20 citations after brawls broke out among rival soccer fans at a Las Vegas match.

Las Vegas police Officer Jose Hernandez said Friday an exact number of citations wasn't available, but added that no arrests were made. Six people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Violence began in the parking lot Wednesday night when fans from two rival Mexican soccer teams — Chivas and Club America — arrived at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Officers arrived to quell the violence, but the tone was set.

At one point witnesses say flares were thrown onto the field, and fireworks were set off in the stands.

The match was stopped with minutes left when some fans stormed the field and more fights began.

Chivas won, 1-0.

Join the Discussion:

Check this out for a full explanation of our conversion to the LiveFyre commenting system and instructions on how to sign up for an account.

Full comments policy

Previous Discussion: 1 comments so far…

Comments are moderated by Las Vegas Sun editors. Our goal is not to limit the discussion, but rather to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and contain no abusive language. Comments that are off-topic, vulgar, profane or include personal attacks will be removed. Full comments policy. Additionally, we now display comments from trusted commenters by default. Those wishing to become a trusted commenter need to verify their identity or sign in with Facebook Connect to tie their Facebook account to their Las Vegas Sun account. For more on this change, read our story about how it works and why we did it.

Only trusted comments are displayed on this page. Untrusted comments have expired from this story.

  1. This match was billed far in advance as a grudge match between two teams that hated each other. Then we hear of too little security, no arrests and few citations although there are many pictures showing faces and tattoos up close. The grudge match part was even used to hype the game. Maybe we need to rethink what we're doing before we become like Venezuela, Spain or one of the other thug soccer venues. Drunken gang members taunted to come to a grudge match? Good thinking.