By Nji Nelson Chefor

Sports Writer, Cameroon.


Sixteen inmates are reported dead after a “friendly” prison football match between rival drug cartel members descended into a bloodbath in Varonil prison in the small town of Cieneguillas, located in Mexico’s north-central Zacatecas state.
It all started when a dirty tackle sparked a riot inside the box. This led to firearms, including barrelled weapons, being drawn on the pitch.

Prisoners were armed with weapons, including guns, during the New Year’s Eve fight that left five others wounded and unfolded while family members, including children, watched.

Members of Mexico’s rival Gulf and Los Zetas cartels were playing in the football match and it later emerged that an escape bid was foiled during the violence, according to local media reports. It took about two hours for a riot squad to restore order at the prison.



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