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Fan rushes field, throws punch at Quakes player during friendly vs. Cruz Azul


An on-field brawl where a fan stormed the pitch during the San Jose Earthquakes friendly against reigning Liga MX champions Cruz Azul precluded a wave of violence surrounding the stadium after the game Thursday night in San Jose.

During the game, a fan donning a Cruz Azul jersey and a Lucha Libre mask stormed the field and appeared to assault Jack Skahan of the Earthquakes. Goalkeeper Daniel Vega tried to stop the fan as he approached, but the fan still was able to throw a punch.

@SJEarthquakes @DALLASBRADEN209 view from the office SJ Earthquakes vs Cruz Azul #sanjoseearthquakes #goquakes pic.twitter.com/IMd6PhvM8g

— Jay Gee (@JayGee39075763) October 8, 2021

Chris Wondolowski, the MLS all-time leading scorer, intervened in the on-field scuffle, putting the fan in a headlock to the ground before security was able to step in.

According to ESPN, the fan who stormed the field was placed in police custody.

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One person was grazed by a bullet and multiple people were injured in fights when a melee broke out Thursday night following the game, authorities said.

San Jose police reported at least one shooting at PayPal Park and the surrounding parking lots after the San Jose Earthquakes played Cruz Azul. The gunshot wound victim’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Officers arrested five people, including one person for firearms violations, San Jose police said on Twitter.

Patrol Units are currently responding to and assisting Officers at PayPal Park.

After tonight’s soccer game multiple fights and at least one shooting was reported at the stadium and surrounding lots.

This is an active seen. Unknown injuries and no numbers on arrests yet. pic.twitter.com/B2zf9O6p5t

— San José Police Media Relations (@SJPD_PIO) October 8, 2021

More than 40 officers responded to the stadium and declared an unlawful assembly.

The Earthquakes won 2-0. Paul Marie and Cristian Espinoza both scored in the second half.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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