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LAFC, LA Galaxy jointly condemn fan violence at rivalry games

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There’s no place for it in the game.

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Social media (when it wasn’t down, of course) over the past 24 hours has featured videos of LAFC and LA Galaxy fans fighting during Sunday’s rivalry game at Dignity Health Sports Park. We won’t show it here because there’s no reason to promote the footage.

Rivalries are cool but there’s no place for actual violence to break out. Along with the fights, fans on both sides accused others of escalating the situation and feeling unsafe at the game. It’s not cool to physically intimidate others over which football team you follow, it’s pathetic, honestly.

In response to fan violence at the last two El Trafico matches, LAFC and the Galaxy released a joint statement on Monday condemning the bad behavior and vowing to turn in offenders to law enforcement, among other consequences:

The LAFC and LA Galaxy are committed to growing the sport and the culture of soccer in Los Angeles and beyond. We are proud to share one of the most exciting new rivalries in the world.

We are also committed to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for our guests and their families at all events and games. Fan violence has no place at our matches. The type of conduct displayed at the Aug. 28 and Oct. 3 games does not belong in the stands or anywhere in our game.

LAFC and LA Galaxy are reviewing fan incidents that took place during last night’s match with local authorities, and a review of incidents that took place during the Aug. 28 match is ongoing. These incidents violate the LAFC, LA Galaxy and Major League Soccer’s Fan Code of Conduct and will not be tolerated. Fans in violation of this code will face disciplinary action including ejections and bans.

We ask all fans of both Clubs to respect each other and find common ground as Angelinos and passionate fans of the sport. Let’s build together.

You give everyone a black eye when you engage in this nonsense. So don’t do it.

We’ve seen times when some LAFC supporters’ conduct wasn’t up to the highest standard, and everyone at the club came together to correct it. Let’s make this another opportunity to fix things and not make headlines for all the wrong reasons.

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