A prison soccer game between two rival drug cartels in Mexico ended tragically. 16 people died after conflicts during the match.
The arrest of Cieneguillas in Zacatecas, Mexico, was the scene of a football match between two of the country's largest cartels on the last day of 2019. On the pitch they met Golfo and Zetas and the result could not have been worse. The soccer match between the two rival cartels ended with 16 dead in total.
In the middle of the game, a hard drive over an opponent caused a stir between the two teams. Some of the prisoners drew weapons and sharp objects and began a real pitched battle. The tragedy caused 15 people to die immediately on the field and another to lose their lives in the hospital, not resisting their injuries.
According to the newspaper Record, 20 ambulances were called to the Mexican prison and visitors of the prisoners were evacuated from the prison. The authorities needed more than two hours to calm down and normalize the situation within the premises.
A prison raid a few days earlier had led to the seizure of various prohibited objects such as drugs, bladed weapons and firearm cartridges. However, the magazine turned out not to be enough, as many of the inmates still had weapons in their possession.