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Soccer, or “football” outside of America, has garnered the reputation as a sport that can produce some violent fan behavior, and that movement is sweeping toward New York City. Fans of the New York Red Bulls and NYCFC got into a full-fledged scrap outside of Bello’s Pub and Grill on Market Street in Newark, NJ, and things got out of hand in a hurry.

As noted above by Rob Harris of the Associated Press, the “New York derby” (also called the Hudson River derby) is the term coined for the rivalry between the two clubs, and it is already beginning to resemble some old-fashioned battles from Europe. For reference on what the hatred between the two sides looks like, Brian Lewis of the New York Post caught up with former USA goalkeeper and current MLS commentator Tony Meola for perspective:

“There’s some real hatred. This isn’t fabricated. Where sometimes in the past I think we fabricated maybe because we had to fabricate some of these rivalries.”

“Quick story. My best friend from high school is the head cop here, and he took off today because he said he didn’t want to have to work for his money. He called on the way in and said, ‘We’ve already arrested almost 30 people.’ … The point is, there’s a rivalry now.’’

The rivalry certainly appears real, and with a couple of additional brawls like this (or even some quality on-field play), perhaps the rest of the country will take notice.

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