VIDEO: Rival Fans Brawl, Stab Each Other Before the USC-UCLA Game

by 8 years ago

via the Los Angeles Times:

“I grabbed the first guy I could and wrestled him to the ground,” he said, the shirt he was wearing still torn and stained with blood hours later as he waited for news of his friend at the hospital.

Others also quickly joined the fray. 

“It was just people and punches being thrown,” Keeley said. Eventually, according to police, as many as 75 people from both groups  joined in the fray.  Three men were arrested on charges of attempted murder and are being held on $1-million bail each.

Keeley's wife, meanwhile, noticed that Patel was seriously hurt and called 911. Matthew Dirling, 27, said his twin brother was stabbed in the cheek during the fray.

“We were in the middle of it and my brother got popped in the face,” said Matthew Dirling, 27. “We were having a good time and this broke out.”

Relatives of both men said they were acting peacefully when they were assaulted and that the fight seemed to come out of nowhere.

Keeley said he and his wife, rabid UCLA fans, have attended every game for the last two years. Though police said they believed the fight was over fan rivalry, friends of the victims denied that was a factor. There were fans from both schools in their group, they said, and the fight appeared to be sparked by an angry reaction to a misthrown football, not college rivalry.

“It was just drunken guys looking to start a fight,” said Renee Breceda, who is Matthew Dirling's girlfriend.

Here's the videos. One guy gets rocked with a gross right hook and another just gets clobbered on the ground.

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