49ers, NFL being sued for failure to provide safe event

49ers, NFL being sued for failure to provide safe event
August 25, 2012, 1:52 am
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The two individuals who were shot and beaten outside last year's preseason game between Oakland and San Francisco are in litigation with the 49ers, the NFL and the Candlestick Park parking lot security company, according to the Contra Costa Times.

Their lawsuit, filed outside the media spotlight in November, claims negligence on behalf of the 49ers, the NFL and the parking lot security company for failing to provide a save event. The lawsuit states the defendants failed to "proactively create an environment that was free from fighting, taunting or threatening remarks andor gestures and gang activity," the Contra Costa Time reports.

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"The San Francisco 49ers are committed to providing a safe game day environment for all fans. That commitment has led to the highest security level rating given by the NFL. We cannot comment on the specifics of this case as litigation is ongoing," the team told the newspaper.

The trial is scheduled to start on Aug. 19, 2013.

The 2011 incident put an indefinite end to preseason matchups between the Raiders and 49ers.

Fan-on-fan violence is a growing concern in professional sports. Most recently, a Raiders fan wearing silver face paint was shot on Aug. 17 outside the team's preseason game in Arizona.