Jason Howerton, The Blaze, July 4, 2013
Witnesses Thursday described a chaotic scene when brawls broke out among rival soccer fans at a Las Vegas match.
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.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports fans threw rocks and bottles at each other before dozens of police officers moved in to quell the violence.
But the incident set the tone for the rest of the night, as unruly fans threw punches, tossed bottles and set off fireworks and flares during and after the match.
Chivas scored a goal late in the match but play was stopped with minutes left and time was allowed to expire when fans stormed the field. Chivas won, 1-0
More pandemonium broke out.
As the players left, “there was just an onslaught of people taking to the field,” and brawls broke out between the yellow-clad Club America fans and red-and-white cloaked Chivas backers, according to Becker.