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Byrne: Football fans not ‘classy’ [w/ VIDEO]

Gordon Bates / Arizona Daily Wildcat

UA Wildcats victory over Iowa Hawks Football at Arizona Stadium Saturday Sept 18.
Gordon Bates
Gordon Bates / Arizona Daily Wildcat UA Wildcats victory over Iowa Hawks Football at Arizona Stadium Saturday Sept 18.

Greg Byrne, athletics director, witnessed UA fans acting unsportsmanlike before the Iowa game and now calls for classy behavior from Wildcat fans.

“”We understand that the great majority of our fan base are respectful. They help provide a great environment, and they do so in a classy manner,”” Byrne said. “”Unfortunately we’ve had some who have chosen not to take that path, and what we felt, before it got out of hand, was that it was important to communicate what our expectation levels are.””

Eleven people were arrested on Saturday before and during the football game against Iowa.

A UA student punched an Iowa fan in the face outside of the stadium before the game began, according to a University of Arizona Police Department report. The Iowa fan punched back, causing the student to fall to the ground. When the UA fan recovered he punched the Iowa fan’s father in the stomach.

The fans decided to not prosecute, but the UA student was asked not to attend the game.

There aren’t records of every instance of misconduct at the games because the police aren’t called unless Arizona Athletics deems it necessary.

“”There’s talking that occurs, ‘Go U of A’ or ‘Your team sucks.’ Then we don’t get involved in that unless someone gets assaulted, some sort of contact involved provoking a fight, disturbing someone’s peace. We have to have a victim complain. Otherwise, if it’s just yelling back and forth between two fans, that’s not something that we’ll get involved in,”” said UAPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Juan Alvarez.

Two Iowa fans who wandered into the ZonaZoo are prosecuting a student for assault.

They had entered the ZonaZoo Section 4 and were going to ask for directions to get to their section in the 200 area. UA students began booing them, and a female student threw her white pom poms in their faces, confronted and told them “”to get the fuck out of there,”” according to a UAPD report.

Students are not the only ones conducting themselves inappropriately.

An Arizona fan sitting in Section 18 of the stadium was asked by security to control her inappropriate language and hostile behavior toward the adjacent Iowa fans. She continued yelling obscenities and was led away from her seat by police officers. Her husband apologized for her “”asshole”” behavior, and she was released into his care. She then thanked the officer with verbal expletives and advised him “”her father would have (the officer’s) job.””

“”Our fans include the student body, includes our alum and includes the fan just walking down the street,”” Byrne said. “”We’re asking for everybody who comes to our campus on game day to have a good time, be loud, enthusiastic and at the same time be sure we have a first-class environment.””

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