|Video shows members of a Montreal junior football team jumping into the stands behind their bench and punching and kicking several fans in Hamilton. (Hamilton Cable 14/YouTube.com)
HAMILTON, Ont. -- Several people suffered injuries after members of a Montreal junior football team ran into the stands and brawled with opposing fans during a road game on Saturday.
One fan suffered a concussion when a player for the St. Leonard Cougars struck him with a milk crate at Hamilton's Ivor Wynne Stadium. The fight broke out with 13.7 seconds to go in an Ontario Football Conference semi-final game with Hamilton leading 20-9.
Amateur video shows about 20 members of the Montreal team jumping into the stands behind their bench and punching and kicking several fans. At one point, a player tackled a fan and they both went tumbling down the stands.
At another point, several players held down and fan and punched and kicked him repeatedly.
The video also shows a fan in a red sweater taking a sucker punch to the side of the face and crumpling to the ground, while another man stands over him, trying to protect him from furious footballers.
A referee can then be seen approaching the melee with other Cougars players who help to break up the fight.
Antonio Ladeluca, president of the Cougars, defended his players' actions Wednesday and blamed the Hamilton fans for what he called "harassment."
"The video is sensationalist," he told QMI. "Spectators had harassed our players for the whole game. Young fans started by throwing water, water bottles and beer on the heads of our players.
"The video doesn't show what caused all of this."
Ladeluca went on to say that the team could impose disciplinary measures against players.
It's not clear if Hamilton police will lay criminal charges.