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Brawl Occurs at Youth Football Game

October 17, 2002

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PICO RIVERA, Calif. (AP) _ Authorities are trying to identify dozens of people from a videotape that shows a vicious brawl following a youth football game in which one man was repeatedly kicked in the head.

The tape showed young children, teenagers and adults taking part in a wild free-for-all after a San Gabriel Valley Junior All-American Football Conference game in this Los Angeles suburb on Saturday. About 25 people were involved in the fight.

No one was arrested, but Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Irma Becerra said Wednesday night that investigators were reviewing the videotape, which was recorded by a bystander.

Authorities said no one was hospitalized but one man was knocked to the ground and kicked repeatedly.

The tape was played Wednesday night on Los Angeles television stations KCAL and KCBS.

``They had us way outnumbered,″ team parent Desi Tubbs told KCBS-TV. ``They separated anybody who wanted to get in there to stop the fight and beat them up. It was about five or six guys.″

The president of one of the teams, Dick Engels, said he saw a 9-year-old girl hit. Engels himself was shown on the video being knocked down, and he appeared on TV Wednesday with a deep cut over the bridge of his nose.

Some parents complained there had been heavy drinking by adults during the game.

Linda Lane, conference president of the youth football league, confirmed Thursday that two teams from the San Gabriel Valley program were involved in the brawl but did not offer further comment.

The fight occurred immediately after a game between teams from Pico Rivera and nearby Downey.

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