Beating brings plea for alcohol ban at L.A. Coliseum

September 26, 1990|By Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES -- Citing the "increasing volatility" of Raiders fans, City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky has called for an end to the sale of alcohol during football games at the Coliseum.

The request was prompted by an attack Sunday on a Pittsburgh Steelers fan who was kicked in the head and beaten as he walked through a crowd of hooting Raiders fans.

The victim, Paul Albrecht, 35, a former Pittsburgh resident who now lives in Tucson, Ariz., was in serious condition yesterday, but is improving and has been removed from the neurological intensive care unit at County-USC Medical Center.

Shane Geringer, 19, of Agoura, Calif., was arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon and was released on Monday on $30,000 bail.

Yaroslavsky called the incident "shocking" and said it was "distressingly symptomatic" of a type of behavior that he said is on the rise at the Coliseum, in large part because of the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

A spokeswoman for Spectacor, the private concern that operates the Coliseum, said there are no immediate plans to change the alcohol policy at the stadium.

"We don't think it's fair to deprive the thousands of people who enjoy beer at the game because of an isolated incident," said Alisa Stilman, the Spectacor spokeswoman.

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