- The NFL is being dogged by fan violence this year, Mail Sport has investigated
- And this weekend, even more fighting took place during the Bears-Vikings game
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In the latest wave of NFL fan violence, Chicago Bears fans brawled at Soldier Field on Sunday, one blinding the other with a punch to the face.
Through just six weeks of the season, the Giants, 49ers, Commanders, Rams, Broncos and more have already seen violent scenes unfold in or around their stadiums.
And that trend continued this weekend when a group of Bears fans got into an argument when their team lost to the Vikings.
In a clip posted to social media, a fan wearing a Justin Fields jersey can be seen delivering a vicious punch to another fan’s chin, sending him to the ground.
A Bears fan was left crumpled on the ground after being punched in the face Sunday afternoon
A game between the Las Vegas Raiders and LA Chargers was marred by mass violence
In the background, two other fans can be seen attacking each other while other supporters try to break things up.
Earlier this month, a Raiders fan was punched and thrown down the stairs by a Chargers fan at SoFi Stadium.
Also this season, a 53-year-old New England Patriots fan died after being punched by a Miami Dolphins fan — though an autopsy revealed Dale Mooney may have succumbed to a “medical problem.”
In a statement previously provided to Mail Sport, the NFL said: ‘Our top priority is the safety of the more than one million fans who attend games every week. We regret the activities of a handful of fans that disrupt the enjoyment of others.”
A recent survey found that nearly 40 percent of NFL fans have witnessed crime in or around an NFL stadium; approximately one in fourteen has become a victim themselves.
A Seahawks fan fought with a Giants fan on the ground before spectators and security intervened
Nowhere have fans seen more disorder (63 percent) than at Lincoln Financial Field – home of the Philadelphia Eagles. The most common crime we’ve witnessed? Physical violence.
A woman lost her wig in a wild brawl during the 49ers’ win over the Giants last month.
NFL VIOLENCE THIS SEASON
Patriots vs. Dolphins: 53-year-old Patriots fan Dale Mooney dies after being attacked by Dolphins fan (autopsy revealed ‘medical problem’)
Chargers vs. Looters: Raiders fan punched and thrown down stairs by Chargers fan
Giants vs. Seahawks: Fans fight on the ground in the concourse of MetLife Stadium before security intervenes
Bengals vs Rams: Female fans brawl near the Bengals’ Paycor Stadium, exchanging punches and even throwing a stool over a crowded bar
49ers vs. Giants: Woman loses her wig during a fight at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco
A few days later, a mass fight broke out between female fans near the Bengals’ Paycor Stadium, with punches exchanged and even a stool thrown over a crowded bar. Only the arrival of a SWAT team put an end to the carnage.
“We continue to work closely with our clubs and law enforcement officials to support our comprehensive fan conduct and stadium safety initiatives,” the NFL statement continued.
For a previous article on NFL fan violence, Mail Sport contacted all 32 NFL teams for comment.
Only three responded.
The commanders said: “The safety of our people and our fans is our top priority. While we have always had a robust law enforcement and rapid response workforce, based on the recent fighting at our stadium and other incidents across the League, we are identifying potential hotspot areas to further increase our security presence and help ensure a safe environment for all fans . …’
The 49ers say in a joint statement with the Santa Clara Police Department that Levi’s Stadium and the Santa Clara Police Department remain steadfastly committed to stadium safety and working together to create a safe environment for all fans.
“We have a zero-tolerance policy for any form of violence. Anyone found guilty of violence will be expelled from the stadium and may face possible ban from future events and legal consequences.”
And finally the saints added:
“Our fans consistently rate Saints and Pelicans games at the top of their leagues relative to fan safety. This is due to a number of factors, including a culture rooted in hospitality (even to visiting fans) and a police department that has a long history of successfully and peacefully managing major events such as Mardi Gras…’