LOS ANGELES (AP) — USC and UCLA are teaming up to protect fans during this weekend’s annual cross-town football contest, which was marred last year by two stabbings and a brawl during pre-game partying.

Security has been increased by 25 percent as both schools work with police, the FBI and other agencies before and during Saturday night’s game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

KNX 1070 Reports

The schools urge fans to be respectful and said tailgate party rules will be enforced.

About 40 fans brawled and two people were stabbed last December in the parking lot before the Trojans-Bruins game at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl. One man was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for the non-fatal attacks. His brother and sister received lesser sentences.

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Comments (3)
  1. Huh says:

    If it’s black, it must attack.

    1. uh-huh says:

      But last year it was a man who was a brown latino who’s serving 15 years for the stabbings.

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