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Philly fans allegedly beat Lions supporter after Eagles win

"These despicable attacks on fans who are rooting for other teams is something we don't take lightly, and we're not going to tolerate it," police captain says.
By Evan Bleier   |   Dec. 10, 2013 at 1:59 PM   |   Comments

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Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A Lions fan who went to the Eagles game on Sunday in Philadelphia dressed in Detroit gear says that six men harassed him and beat him unconscious outside Lincoln Financial Field.

The 33-year-old Center City business owner, who is choosing to remain anonymous, says he was hit with snowballs, fists and kicks because of his allegiance to the Lions.

According to the man, he urinated blood on Sunday and was treated for a concussion and minor injuries at a hospital on Monday.

Capt. Laurence Nodiff said detectives are combing through surveillance footage for clues about who carried out alleged beating. "These despicable attacks on fans who are rooting for other teams is something we don't take lightly, and we're not going to tolerate it," Nodiff said.

During the attack, the man said he “felt like I was being choked and punched" and then lost consciousness.

When he awoke, a good Samaritan who also happened to be an Eagles fan was there to help. The fan was so sick with what he had seen that he threw his Eagles jersey in a trash can. "He said he was tired of these Eagles fans and the way they are," the man said.

This isn’t the first time he’s had an issue. "I am a loyal fan," he said of the Lions. "I travel all over for games, and my worst experiences are with people here in Philadelphia."

The man’s accusations aren’t that surprising considering that statistics made available by the Philadelphia Police indicate the crime rate in Philadelphia fluctuates depending on how the Eagles play.


[The Philadelphia Inquirer]

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