Updated February 17, 9:49 AM CT
A charity football game between the New York City Fire (FDNY) and Police Departments (NYPD) turned ugly Monday.
Ran DeBord - AASNSports
05/24/2016 1:25 PM ET
Angel Zayas via the New York Post
Angel Zayas, a freelance photographer for the New York Post was on the field when things boiled over:
"I think one of the FDNY guys exchanged words with the NYPD player and then from there, I couldn't see what was happening, I just saw the crowds come around the player,"
Zayas told Ray Villeda of NBC 4 in New York. "I heard it happening before I saw it happening."
In one of Zayas’ videos, uploaded to Vimeo, a firefighter with a torn jersey and bloodied face is seen emerging from the scrum. “He was pulled out of the crowd, the FDNY guy,” he told NBC. “It was trickling out the side, you could see the blood on the side of his head.”
Zayas said one of the firefighters emerged from the fight with blood dripping down the side of his face.
“They hit our quarterback out of bounds, and that’s how things started,” FDNY coach Steve Orr said. “There were a lot of hotheads there.” The sides skirmished for several minutes, with players tussling and screaming curses at each other before separating. But the yelling continued, and a second fight broke out in the middle of the field.
The firefighters returned to their side as the announcer reminded the players that they were taking part in a charity event, and officials let the clock run out without resuming the game. Police Commissioner William Bratton was reportedly in attendance, but left before the fighting broke out.
The NYPD, who won the game 29-13, released a statement afterwards: "Football is a competitive sport, whether it is the NFL Super Bowl or the annual NYPD-FDNY challenge.
It is part of the spirit of the sport, but it all ends on the field."
This isn't the first time the two departments have clashed. Last year, a brawl erupted during a hockey game at Nassau Coliseum.
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