PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – While most fans were letting the bad blood between the Steelers-Browns play out on the field Sunday, one person was arrested for allegedly assaulting a deputy sheriff.
Pittsburgh Police say there were no “major” incidents from yesterday’s game. They say there were five non-traffic citations and one football fan was charged with aggravated assault on police, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
After not listening a deputy asked them to move back and Matejcic refused. He told the deputy “I ain’t moving and you ain’t moving me.” The deputy told him he would be ejected if he didn’t listen.
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The man arrested was 47-year-old Elvis Matejcic. According to the criminal complaint, Matejcic and his friends allegedly rushed to a fence in the Champions Club Plaza area to celebrate a touchdown.
Security asked them to move back, but Matejcic allegedly said, “I ain’t moving and you ain’t moving me.”
The deputy then told him he’d be kicked out if he didn’t listen. As the deputy tried to move him, the criminal complaint says Matejcic swung his arm and hit the deputy in the chest. At that point, the deputy told him he was under arrest.
But Matejcic allegedly resisted and another deputy had to help remove him. He continued fighting, police say, causing a deputy to slip on water.
After that, police were able to finally apprehend Matejcic and he was taken to the Allegheny County Jail.
Extra security was in place for Sunday’s game. The last match-up against the Browns saw 33 players fined for a brawl late in the game.
First responders were also on hand. Police say EMS received 16 various medical calls, five of which were for minor intoxication and one a person taken to the hospital for chest pain.
Despite the fight on the field, which saw Myles Garrett ripping off Mason Rudolph’s helmet and using it as a weapon during the last game, both fan bases were able to remain peaceful during the pregame tailgating.
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“Pretty peaceful. Everyone has been pretty friendly,” Browns fan Tyler Dimuzio said.
There were even a few a groups of Steelers and Browns fans sharing the same tailgates.
“It’s all about football. We argue all the time, but we’re good friends,” Steelers fan Casey Barker said.
The Steelers beat the Browns, 20-13. There was no helmet swinging this time.