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


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.

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  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.