Madison Square Garden bans violent fans for life

The incident happened after an NHL hockey game

Madison Square Garden has banned a violent New York Rangers ice hockey fan for life after he was filmed knocking out an opposition supporter of his team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, on Thursday.

As captured in the viral video which has been viewed up to eight million times, the Rangers fan, later identified as Staten Island’s James Anastasio, is about to exit the iconic arena when he turns around quickly and punches the Lightning fans square. , throwing him to the ground.

As Anastasio appeared to leave the area, other spectators who saw Tampa Bay’s 3-1 victory that night attended to the victim.

On Friday, however, a statement from Madison Square Garden said the fan also attacked a second punter who tried to intervene.

Local police confirmed that Anastasio, 29, was arrested on two counts of assault, disorderly conduct and harassment, and there was a back and forth before the punch Ansatasio is launched.

Although the law deals with Anastasio, however, he will never be able to see Rangers games at Madison Square Garden again after banning him for life.

This was confirmed when the area, known as MSG, confirmed the development in its statement and called the incident a “heinous aggression”.

“We are fully cooperating with law enforcement as this is now a criminal matter. The abuser will also be banned from The Garden and all other MSG sites for life,” he added. added MSG.

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“All guests – no matter which team they support – should feel safe and respected in The Garden. This has been and always will be our policy.”he underlined.

MSG also explained that two fallout victims“received appropriate medical care”,with police revealing the Lightning ventilator was taken to hospital and now remains in stable condition while the intervening ventilator refused treatment.  

Due to a 2-1 loss at Tampa Bay on Saturday, the Rangers were eliminated from the best-of-seven conference finals playoff 4-2.


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