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Fan fight puts Reds on alert

A day after a fight in the stands spilled into the Philadelphia Phillies' dugout and delayed a game, the Reds reminded stadium employees to be on the alert for unruly fans.

Managing executive John Allen sent a memo to employees Wednesday reminding them of potential problems. Alcohol reportedly played a role in the front-row fight, which resulted in at least two fans arrested and two cited during the Phils' 11-8 win Tuesday night.

"My understanding is that those guys had been drinking and it wasn't noticed by the fans or Reds' personnel that we had a potential problem there," Allen said.

The problem got the Phillies' attention when a man tumbled into the visitors' dugout in the eighth inning. While the man lay on the floorboards, the fight behind the dugout escalated.

Police used pepper spray on one fan who was throwing punches. Police identified him as 28-year-old Samuel Wyatt of Hamilton, Ohio, who was charged with disorderly conduct.

Tuesday, security officials at Cinergy Field said six people were arrested. Lt. Roger Wolf, spokesman for the Cincinnati Police Department, said Wednesday that two were arrested and two cited.

Wolf did not have the identities or other charges. Police could not confirm reports from stadium security officials that the man who landed in the dugout was pushed, touching off the fight.

"I just heard a thump and I saw a body laying there," manager Terry Francona said. "I thought, "That's all we need.' I went down there and there was this guy there all wiped out."

A security guard went into the dugout immediately to arrest the man, then left to try to break up the fight in the stands. The man started walking around the dugout.

"They forgot about the guy in the dugout," Francona said. "I said, "You're hitting second.' He was coming down to the bat rack."

Eventually a security guard escorted the fan out.

Most of the Phillies came out of the dugout to watch the fight.

"We've got the tying run on second base," Francona said, "and the whole team is out on the field, not paying attention to the game. The manager was, too."

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