The home team didn’t win, and it appears some Philly fans lashed out at the nearest guy in a Ranger’s jersey, sending him to the hospital.
After the New York Rangers’ 3-2 comeback victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2012 Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park on Monday, fans of the losing squad got into a brawl with celebrating New York Rangers supporters.
Judging by the video released of the incident, some Philly fans attacked a couple of New York supporters outside of a famous cheesesteak shop, Geno’s, just a few miles from the site of the Flyers vs. Rangers game.
Watch the melee unfold below:
The Philadelphia Police Department released the video above, which shows three men clad in Flyers jerseys brutally beating two men in Rangers jerseys. Three Philly thugs allegedly continued to assault the two Rangers fans after they hit the pavement and couldn’t defend themselves.
According to the Daily News, one of the victims is Neal Auricchio, a police officer from Woodbridge, N.J. and former Marine sergeant, who served two tours in Iraq and who was wounded by a bullet during his first tour.
After the beating outside Geno’s Steakhouse, Auricchio was hospitalized, received stitches, and has since been released.
“Some guys wanted to start trouble, and they picked on him,” Marie Auricchio told the Daily News. “He [Neal] got those tickets as a Christmas present, and this is what happened. They were targeted.”
Philadelphia police said the fight began after the Flyers fans paid a squeegee man to spray the Rangers fans. That led to an exchange of words, then the hooligans commenced their assault.
On Wednesday, the police department issued a statement on the assault and said they’re seeking help in finding the suspects which reads:
“On January 2, 2012, at 7:15pm, three unknown males wearing Philadelphia Flyers Jerseys assaulted two males while at Geno’s Steaks located at 1200 South 9th Street. The assault began after the Winter Classic hockey event and the male victims were wearing New York Rangers jerseys. During the altercation one of the victims were seriously injured.”
According to Huffington Post, police in Philadelphia may have a strong lead in the case already because one of the alleged attackers wrote a rant on his Facebook page about the beating that even bragged about the encounter.
“It was me and my friends, do something about it,” Edward Neary bragged, per the Daily News. “How dumb do I look knocking someone out pretty sure they look dumb eatin concrete.” According to the News report, Neary later backed off his comments.
No arrests have been made as of Friday morning.