- Two fans got into a fight in front of their girlfriends at FedEx Field on Sunday.
- Ravens fan Martino Ankara arrested – other fan not named
A shocking brawl between rival baseball fans during the Commanders vs. Cardinals game at FedEx Field on Sunday was caught on video.
Martino Ankara, wearing a Ray Lewis jersey, fell down the stairs and was hit six times by an unidentified Commanders fan during the game where the Washington Commanders defeated the Arizona Cardinals 20-16 in the first week of the season.
The two men also clashed, pulling each other’s hair and threatening to kick each other into the stands.
Ankara, who initially appeared to be the victim, was arrested.
Ravens fan Martino Ankara was punched in the face and fell backwards during Sunday’s brawl.
Ankara seemed unwilling to leave after the fight, still shouting something at a yellow-shirted security guard trying to escort him off the field.
Ankara appeared on FOX 5 Tuesday to talk about his experience.
“I have no idea,” he said when asked why he was charged.
Ankara said he went to the match to support his girlfriend, a Commanders fan. “I was encouraging the commanders,” he said.
He claims a fan lined up in front of him began spewing vitriol at him.
“He pushed me first!” » he insisted during his interview.
Prince George’s County police said they filed charges against him for what happened after the video was filmed, the details of which remain unclear.
Ankara has cuts on his arms and hands and stitches on his face. The man was treated at Inova Alexandria Hospital in Virginia.
The two men’s girlfriends also came to blows, pulling each other’s hair and fighting in the stands.
In a video filmed before the fight, Ankara and a fan were seen shouting at each other.
Ankara’s girlfriend pulled him back trying to stop him, until she was pushed to the ground and punched by another fan.
Ankara and his girlfriend both wore Baltimore Ravens jerseys.
It is still unclear what happened after the video stopped recording.
Ankara insisted he did not start the fight and had no idea why he was charged.