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NV lawmaker: Soccer game violence 'inexcusable'

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Metro police on the scene of a large-scale disturbance at Sam Boyd Stadium on Wednesday. (Yvette Belisle/FOX5) Metro police on the scene of a large-scale disturbance at Sam Boyd Stadium on Wednesday. (Yvette Belisle/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Nevada state Sen. Ruben Kihuen was at Sam Boyd Stadium on Wednesday for a soccer match that was marred by a outburst of violence prior to the game.

At least 200 soccer fans were involved in a brawl that sent six people to a hospital. Unruly fans fought, hurling bottles and flag poles at one another.

"It's very unfortunate that a small group of people yesterday during the game decided to ruin it for everybody else," Kihuen said.

Kihuen said that although the brawl involved hundreds of fans, it was really a small percentage of the attendees who are to blame.

"Ninety-nine percent of the people who were there were having a great time, were enjoying the game, were there with their families - and a lot of them travel from out of state to be here to enjoy the game. It's very unfortunate that this small group of people decided to engage in very violent acts, and they are inexcusable. Those people should go to jail if they get caught," he said.

The game was between Club America and Chivas del Guadalajara, heated rivals with a history of on-field violence. Kihuen believes organizers should have taken better precautions.

"Well, look, I think the organizer should have known that these two teams despise each other, they hate each other - not just the teams, but also their fans. I think if we were to bring a soccer team here to Las Vegas, it would be a much different environment," Kihuen said.

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