Daily Mail reports:
A Florida sheriff’s deputy is recovering after he was injured while trying to break up a fight between fans after the Orlando City SC soccer game against New York City FC.
Gustavo ‘Gus’ Marinoni, a 14-year veteran with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, was working extra duty for the Orlando Police Department at the team’s home opening game Sunday at the new soccer-only stadium in the city.
Witnesses told WKMG that a New York fan got into an argument with an Orlando City fan about one block from the stadium on Church Street.
Marinoni, who was in uniform, tried to stop the fight but he was immediately attacked.
Cellphone footage of the fight shows a huge crowd of people gathered near a patrol car shoving and pushing someone on the ground before other officers jump in to assist the person on the pavement.
Orlando police Lt. Robert Bear said that several people involved in the fight started ‘striking and choking the deputy.’
Marinoni used his radio to request back-up and roughly 50 officers responded to the chaotic scene.
‘I was just hoping the officer was going to be OK and they could contain the situation,’ a witness told WKMG.
‘Then they started attacking the cops. They got clothes-lined. He got slammed on the floor and then it just became chaos.’
Bear said three people were arrested and police are continuing to investigate the incident.
Felix Vazquez, 27, of the Bronx, New York, is accused of choking Marinoni.
He has been charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, two counts of resisting arrest and one count of disorderly conduct.
His girlfriend, Katerina Sopilidis, 24, is accused of resisting arrest and fighting. She faces charges of affray and resisting arrest without violence.
Luciano Migliore, 19, also from New York, is charged with affrays and resisting an officer without violence.
Vazquez appeared in court on Monday morning and a judge set his bond at $20,000.
Officials say Marinoni was taken to a hospital with a leg injury and is now recovering at home.
The team beat New York City FC. It was the team’s first game in its new stadium.