• Video catches fight between Falcons fan, Cowboy fan on MARTA

    By: Erica Byfield


    ATLANTA - Some football fans' tempers flared out of control on a crowded MARTA train – and it was all captured on cellphone video.

    A MARTA spokesperson said the train was near the East Lake station when two people got into an argument. One man is a Falcons fan and the other cheers for the Dallas Cowboys.

    The argument turned violent after the Dallas fan brought up the fact that his team has several Super Bowl rings.

    The next 50 seconds of video shows a knock-down, drag-out fight on Dec. 20 around 11 p.m. The Falcons fan wildly punched the other man.

    A woman in the background yelled at them to stop, but that didn't get either of the men's attention.

    The fight does have the attention of MARTA police.

    MARTA spokesperson Lyle Harris told Channel 2 Action News the agency is in the midst of an investigation. So far, detectives have not been able to identify anyone involved.

    The fight is an obvious violation of MARTA's new "Ride with Respect" campaign. The agency launched it earlier this year.

    Violators face fines and suspension and possible permanent bans depending on the severity of the offense.

    The train where the fight occurred did not have an official camera on board.

    Harris said the transit authority is in the process of installing cameras on all trains. To date, all buses in service are equipped with cameras.

    Police have not been able to identify anyone involved with the fight.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact MARTA police.

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