A charity football game between the New York Police Department and the New York Fire Department went awry when the two teams brawled in Brooklyn on Sunday, according to reports.
The fight broke out after the “Fun City Bowl” game ended, during the traditional after-game handshake ABC 7 in New York reports.
Footage of the incident, obtained by NBC New York, shows dozens of players running toward each other before eventually breaking apart and walking away. At least one firefighter suffered an injury and walked away with a bloodied face.
“I think one of the FDNY guys exchanged words with the NYPD player and then from there, I couldn’t see what was happening,” freelance photographer Angel Zayas told the network. “I just saw the crowds come around the player. I heard it happening before I saw it happening.”
A second fight reportedly broke out moments after the first had died down. However, Zaya added that by the end of the event, everyone was friendly and the brawl “was like water under the bridge.”
“Football is a competitive sport, whether it is the NFL Super Bowl or the annual NYPD-FDNY challenge. It is part of the sport but it all ends on the field,” an NYPD statement, obtained by NBC, said.
According to a post on the NYPD’s Facebook page, the event is put on every year to raise money for the NYPD Widow’s and Children’s Fund and the FDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation.
The NYPD won the game with a final score of 29-13.