The long-awaited return of spectators to the Nemesio Camacho stadium in the Colombian capital was marred by violence as rival supporters clashed in Tuesday night’s game between the local team of Santa Fe and Atletico Nacional de Medellin.
BogotÃ¡ Metropolitan Police said two fans and four police officers were injured. Four rioters were arrested, but were released a few hours later.
Surveillance cameras in the hall captured the moment when Santa Fe fan Edison Romario was brutally beaten by at least five AtlÃ©tico Nacional supporters.
Romario suffered a brain injury and remains hospitalized at MeredÃ Hospital. Two other people were also injured and taken to medical centers in the area.
Mayor Claudia LÃ³pez announced on Wednesday that JuliÃ¡n Mateo Molina, one of the individuals who assaulted Romario, had surrendered.
Molina appears in the video jumping over a row of seats at the Nemesio Camacho stadium, also known as “El CampÃn”, and stomping on Romario’s head while lying on the ground.
JuliÃ¡n Mateo Molina (pictured left with the white and green striped jersey) approaches Edison Romario (pictured with the red jersey lying on the seat) as AtlÃ©tico Nacional supporters attacked him on Tuesday night during a match at the local club’s stadium, Santa Fe, in BogotÃ¡, Colombia. Romario, who was diagnosed with a brain injury, was one of six people injured in the clash before the end of the first half. The match resumes with a 1-0 victory for AtlÃ©tico Nacional
Edison Romario (left) was rushed to MeredÃ hospital on Tuesday evening. He suffered a brain injury and remains hospitalized
The match was the first after 17 months of restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing around 8,500 fans in El CampÃn, Bogota’s main football venue, although other stadiums across the country have hosted fans in matches since mid-July.
LÃ³pez, who was in attendance, announced that it will also be the last game with fans for some time due to the disruption. She said spectators would once again be banned indefinitely from El CampÃn and the smaller Techo stadium in the capital.
âSo many dreams of returning to CampÃn and they are doing it. Unacceptable!’ the mayor tweeted. âWe rejected and condemned it! “
Fans of AtlÃ©tico Nacional attack Santa Fe fan Edison Romario at El CampÃn stadium in BogotÃ¡, Colombia on Tuesday night. The match was the first after 17 months of restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing around 8,500 fans in El CampÃn, Bogota’s main football venue, although other stadiums across the country have hosted fans in matches since mid-July.
Colombian police help a woman cross the fence as supporters of the Santa Fe and AtlÃ©tico Nacional teams clash at El CampÃn stadium in BogotÃ¡, Colombia on Tuesday evening. The stadium welcomed supporters for the first time in 17 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, no fans will be allowed in the future.
The riots started shortly before the end of the first half when fan clubs from AtlÃ©tico Nacional stormed an area where Santa Fe supporters were seated.
Many supporters then invaded the field, imposing a delay of about 50 minutes.
League president Fernando Jaramillo and other officials considered suspending the match, but allowed it to continue due to a “security issue, which seems absurd,” Colombian media outlet Noticias Caracol reported.
“But it was a matter of reinforcements (law enforcement officers) arriving, that we can control the situation on the outside,” Jaramillo said.
AtlÃ©tico Nacional ultimately beat Santa Fe 1-0.
JuliÃ¡n Mateo Molina surrendered to authorities in BogotÃ¡, Colombia, for his role in a riot at El CampÃn stadium on Tuesday evening. Still images and video captured him beating a fan
JuliÃ¡n Mateo Molina is pictured assaulting a defenseless Edison Romario during a clash between supporters of home side Santa Fe and visiting club AtlÃ©tico Nacional at El CampÃn stadium in BogotÃ¡, Colombia , Tuesday