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El Pasoans react to fans storming the Sun Bowl field after the match between FC Juarez and Club America

El Pasoans react to fans storming the Sun Bowl field after the match between FC Juarez and Club America

El Pasoans react to fans storming the Sun Bowl field after the match between FC Juarez and Club America

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) — Hundreds of fans stormed the Sun Bowl field Sunday night after a friendly between FC Juarez and Club America.

Videos of fans storming the field went viral on social media, with many people claiming what happened was a bad look in El Paso.

ABC-7 spoke with El Pasoans to see how they felt about what happened.

Che Ulibarri, an El Pasoan, told ABC-7 that he believes this incident does not reflect the behavior of El Pasoans, as it could happen anywhere.

“I think it would happen in any other city, honestly. People get excited about things. I don’t think we should scapegoat ourselves so hard,” Ulibarri said.

David Rubalcaba, another El Pasoan, told us that watching the videos online made him feel worried about how this would reflect on the city.

“It feels embarrassing that our fans would do that because you know, there’s a concern for the safety of the players and everybody else involved,” Rubalcaba said.

We contacted the University of Texas at El Paso to see if we could speak to someone about the situation and to find out how much security was at the event.

They responded with a statement from UTEP officials, which said:

“We are satisfied with the success of the event and the great turnout. Many first-time fans were unfamiliar with the rules, and despite a field incursion, security ensured the teams and players were protected at all times. We look forward to hosting more international football matches at the Sun Bowl.”