ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- The Duke City Gladiators had their home opener on Saturday night. They took on the Mexico All Star team and they were off to a great start. The fans enjoyed the game, the dancers, the games and the overall atmosphere. All was well until there was a minute and thirty seconds left in the first half.
A huge brawl broke out between the Gladiators and the Mexico All Stars. Injuries reportedly included an ear bitten, a player with a broken nose and cheek bone from a swinging helmet and even the Mexico Coach stomping a Gladiator player.
Three defensive backs were ejected from the game on the Mexico side, which led them to forfeit the game. The officials did not want them back in the game and the Mexico All Stars couldn’t field a full team.
The Gladiators get the win as the score was 27-13 before the fight. This was not the way that the Gladiators wanted to start their season at home.
“When the melee broke out the Mexican coach lost his composure, stomped one of our players. The officials threw three of their players out, and rightfully so. So we are just disappointed”, said Gladiator Head Coach Dominic Bramante.
“Extremely mad because this was a game where it was important to try and impress the fans and get them to come back out another time. With a turnout like this, I am worried that it will stray fans away, but hopefully we can do what we gotta do to get them to come out again and put on a better show for them”, said former Lobo and current Gladiator W.R. Roland Bruno.
The Gladiators play at home again next Saturday against San Angelo.