Argentina and Mexico fans come to blows in Qatar after ‘F**k Messi’ chants are heard

Argentina and Mexico fans came to blows in shocking scenes at the World Cup in Qatar.

The two sides meet at the Lusail Stadium in a huge Group C clash on Saturday, with both sides winless in their opening fixtures.

But fans from both countries were involved in a violent brawl on Wednesday in what would appear to be the first instance of trouble amongst supporters.

It happened at Al Bidda Park in Doha in one of FIFA’s fan zones designed to promote social interaction between different nations.

In footage circulating on social media, Mexico supporters could be heard chanting “F**k Messi”, provoking La Albiceleste fans by talking bad about their talisman after their shock 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia.

A brawl ensued, with punches and kicks thrown. Mexican journalist Omar Nino was there at the scene of the fight and reported that some fans did require treatment for minor injuries.

Messi opened the scoring for Argentina against Saudi Arabia with a cool penalty 10 minutes into Monday’s clash but the Green Falcons produced a stunning comeback in the second half.

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

It appears as though security will have to be ramped up for what promises to be a very spicy encounter on and off the pitch at 7pm on Saturday.

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