Alianza Lima Football Club generated controversy by turning off the stadium lights after the match, claiming security for a hasty evacuation, amid public and legal scrutiny .
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Leer en español: Alianza Lima admite que apagó las luces de su campo en la final
The Alianza Lima club admitted this Thursday that it turned off the lights in its stadium after finishing the final of the Peruvian League 1, which Universitario de Deportes won 0-2, although it assured that it did so for security reasons and to "initiate the rapid evacuation from the stands".
Rapid Evacuation and Public Safety
"The decision to turn off the lights on the Alejandro Villanueva Stadium playing field , once the League 1 final had concluded, was made with the sole purpose of encouraging the rapid evacuation of the stands and thus preserving the integrity and safety of the public and of the sports delegations," the club said in a statement posted on its social networks.
He added that they understand "that some sectors of public opinion may have interpreted this measure in different ways," although he did not mention that, since it was a final, the award ceremony for the champion was scheduled to take place.
"But the only motivation of our institution was to avoid unfortunate situations in a context of deterioration in security guarantees that became evident in the last minutes of the match," he added.
The club maintained that, with the support of the Police and private security men, it "guaranteed the correct removal of fans through properly illuminated corridors and exits, since only the floodlights on the playing field were turned off."
Regret and Commitment to Research
The blue and white team concluded its statement by regretting "any discomfort caused to the attendees and the fans in general" and said that it is "at the disposal of the competent authorities for investigations into the case."
When there were just a few minutes left before the end of the match played this Wednesday night at the Alianza Lima stadium, fans of this team threw flares from the stands onto the field of play, which forced the referee to stop the actions for about five minutes. .
Subsequently, when the final whistle blew, there was an untimely power outage to the confusion of the thousands of attendees at the stadium, which even caused Alianza fans to enter the field of play.
Although the members of the U continued with the celebration and even took the Olympic lap celebrating their team's historic 27th title in the middle of the darkness, the organizers of League 1 canceled the awards ceremony which, according to reports, will take place this Sunday at the Monumental Stadium.
Investigation and Post Incident Statements
After the incidents, the Alianza Lima delegate, Héctor Ordoñez, told journalists that the decision on the power outage "does not correspond" to his team, even though he was the owner of the house.
The Public Ministry and the National Police of Peru (PNP) announced today that they have begun to investigate what happened.
The Prosecutor's Office opened an investigation "against those responsible for the alleged crimes of exposing people to danger and riots to the detriment of citizens and PNP agents, after the end of the soccer classic," the institution reported on the social network (formerly Twitter).
The PNP indicated, for its part, that "in light of what happened, two teams from the Criminal Investigation Directorate have been carrying out preliminary proceedings regarding the events, in order to establish the responsibilities of the possible perpetrators, in coordination with the Public Ministry." .