The fireworks on the field during the Los Angeles Galaxy-San Jose Earthquakes game carried over into the stands, leading to the arrests of at least seven fans during the 2-2 draw on Sunday.
Ugly scenes erupted at Buck Shaw Stadium just after the start of the second half on Sunday when a fight reportedly took place and two smoke bombs were ignited in the Galaxy fans section. Police attempted to restore the peace but fans allegedly prevented them from doing so, which led to more police from a nearby station, including riot-geared officers, being summoned.
The police eventually cleared the Galaxy fan section, sending about 100 Galaxy fans out of the stadium while the match continued. Arrests were made for different offenses, including battery on a police officer and resisting arrest, according to the Santa Clara Police Department.
The Galaxy supporters group Angel City Brigade released a statement following the incident, which saw members of their group arrested. Here is an excerpt:
We wish it known that we feel the security at Buck Shaw stadium failed in their obligation to segregate supporters of different teams and provide a safe, secure environment for away fans and supporters.
The ugly scenes gave a black eye to a memorable weekend for the Earthquakes. The club broke ground on their soccer-specific stadium on Sunday morning, just a day after the team clinched the Supporters Shield.