Hooliganism proves US sports fans have finally embraced soccer (VIDEO)
In scenes reminiscent of the clashes seen between fans in the UK, police had to intervene as tensions between rival fans led to fighting and objects being thrown outside of Yankee Stadium, which New York City FC shares with the Yankees baseball team.
Here's another video from the earlier clashes with NYCFC and NYRB fans outside Yankee Stadium... pic.twitter.com/NTfWPuyiWt— Garry Hayes (@garryhayes) May 21, 2016
Red Bulls fans arrived and then it got nasty. Feels like England in the 80s... pic.twitter.com/VJIKyDYlC3— Garry Hayes (@garryhayes) May 21, 2016
New York Red Bulls fans are also reported to have ripped up and spat on New York City FC flags ahead of the game.
Two arrests were made according to the NY Daily News, one fan from each side.
At the NYCFC vs NYRB game today where home fans are spitting on and ripping up NYRB flags. Cars driving over them... pic.twitter.com/kQOHkm33Lz— Garry Hayes (@garryhayes) May 21, 2016
The New York Red Bulls defeated New York City FC 7-0. English footballer Frank Lampard was booed when he came on as a substitute for City FC because fans had learned earlier this week that he earns $6 million per year – almost one third of the entire squad’s earnings.
It’s not the first time violence has broken out between the rival fans. In August, ahead of the “Hudson River Derby,” they clashed outside a bar ahead of the game.