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At least 16 left dead after Mexican prison football match sparks riot

Reports suggest that the game provoked a deadly clash between incarcerated members of the drug trafficking Gulf cartel and the Zetas

A prison riot in Mexico reportedly provoked by an inter-inmate football match left at least 16 dead and five wounded, authorities have confirmed.

The Centre for Social Reintegration (Cereso) of Cieneguillas Prison, located in the state of Zacatecas, was rocked on Tuesday by bloody clashes between prisoners.

And the spark for the riot appears to have been a game of football, organised between imprisoned members of two rival drug cartels: the Gulf cartel, and a faction of the Zetas.