York seeks postponement of 49ers-Raiders series

August 23, 2011, 12:30 am
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Jed York, president and CEO of the 49ers, said at a Monday news conference that he will recommend that the NFL postpone the annual exhibition game between the 49ers and Raiders in the aftermath of Saturday's violence.

"This is a game where you have a rivalry situation and unfortunately you have the worst segment from a very small segment of both fan bases that come and bring about this type of event," York said. "It's our belief that we should recommend to the NFL that this game is at last postponed for some period of time."

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Two people were shot after the game and a third was assaulted and left unconscious in a bathroom at Candlestick during the fourth quarter of San Francisco's 17-3 win.

The press conference at Candlestick was attended by San Francisco police chief Greg Surh, mayor Ed Lee and vice president of stadium operations and security Jim Mercurio, in addition to York.

Among the changes that will be implemented for this Saturday's game with the Houston Texans are an elimination of tailgating during or after games at Candlestick. Surh also said there will be a more visible police presence.

The 49ers and Raiders have met in each of the past 11 exhibition seasons. The franchises did not play in the preseason from 1994 to 1998. The Raiders moved back to Oakland in 1995.

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