Brawls at the San Francisco 49ers’ and Los Angeles Angels’ stadiums over the weekend have left a football fan and a baseball fan hospitalized in serious condition, raising calls for increased safety at major sports venues.
“A small percentage of the fans cause the biggest issues. These are the ones who have lost perspective that this is a sport, a team,” said Kathy Samoun, who founded the nonprofit Fans Against Violence in 2011 after two violent stadium attacks: a shooting at Candlestick Park and a brutal beating outside the Los Angeles Dodgers’ stadium that left San Francisco Giants fan Brian Stowe permanently disabled.
On Sunday, a 49ers fan was hospitalized in serious condition after a bathroom brawl at the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Police said Monday they were reviewing video of the fight, in which everyone involved appears to be wearing 49ers gear.
Alex Cartagena, who posted the video online after his brother-in-law, Justin Sweeney, recorded it, said the situation in the men’s room was intense.
“One guy was impatient about another guy not taking the stall quickly enough,” he said. “It happened really quickly. Next thing you know, the guy’s lying on the floor.”
Two men, Dario Rebollero, 34, and Amador Rebollero, 27, ran out of the bathroom but were soon arrested on suspicion of felony assault, Santa Clara police spokesman Lt. Kurt Clarke said Monday.
In Southern California, police were looking for three men suspected of brutally beating a man in the parking lot of Angel Stadium after the Angels’ playoff game Friday night. Anaheim police said a 43-year-old former L.A. police officer was walking to his car with a relative when they were attacked, apparently for no reason.
The man was hospitalized in critical condition but was listed in serious but stable condition Monday and is expected to survive.
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