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Police cite 49ers owner in postgame disturbance

January 22, 1997

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) _ San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. was charged today with battery for a postgame scuffle in which a heckling fan was punched and another head-butted.

DeBartolo, a companion and two Green Bay Packers fans were issued city citations, Police Chief James Lewis said.

Witnesses, including an off-duty sheriff’s deputy, told police DeBartolo punched a Packers fan, who then fell backward over a garbage can. The deputy said another man head-butted another fan.

Edward Muransky, 37, of Atherton, Calif., also was charged with battery, while the fans, Dale Nault and William Scharlas, both of Waukesha, were cited for disorderly conduct, Lewis said.

``These charges are ordinance violations and will be sent to Green Bay Municipal Court,″ Lewis said.

The incident outside a Lambeau Field gate occurred after Green Bay’s 35-14 win over the 49ers on Jan. 4.

Outagamie County Sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Heenan witnessed the exchange as he was leaving the stadium at a gated area near the 49ers buses. He said DeBartolo punched the fan and DeBartolo’s companion head-butted another.

DeBartolo did not immediately return telephone messages left today at his Youngstown, Ohio, office. There was no telephone listing in Atherton for Muransky.

Nault, 64, and Scharlas, 30, told police they were hit, but could not identify who struck them. They were among Packer fans waiting for the 49ers players to come out so they could heckle them, Scharlas said in January.

``Everybody was yelling `40-whiners’ and things like that,″ Scharlas said.

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