Madison Square Garden has banned a New York Rangers fan for life after he was found punched in the face by a Tampa Bay Lightning fan following Thursday’s game 5.
According to a video posted on social media, the Rangers fan turned and stabbed the lightning fan, sending the man to the ground as they were walking through the crowd after Tampa Bay. 3-1 win. While the attacked fan was being watched by others, the attacker appeared to have left the area.
The Madison Square Garden report on Friday called the incident a “despicable attack” and attacked a second person who tried to intervene with a Rangers fan.
“We are now fully cooperating with law enforcement as this is a criminal matter. The attacker will be banned for life from The Garden and all other MSG locations,” MSG said in a statement. “All guests – no matter what team they support – should feel safe and respectful in the Garden. This has always been our policy.”
Police have confirmed to several sales outlets that a 29-year-old Staten Island man has been arrested on two charges of assault, disorderly conduct and harassment. Police said there was a connection between the Rangers and the Lightning fans before the punch was fired.
Both victims received “appropriate medical care,” Madison Square Garden said. According to police, the lightning fan was taken to hospital and is in stable condition, while the intermittent fan refused treatment.
Lightning has a 3-2 lead in the top seven series. If the Rangers win Saturday, the 7th game will take place on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.
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