NYPD and FDNY brawl at a charity football game

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Fists Fly After NYPD-FDNY Charity Football Game

What was supposed to be a fun, family-oriented event featuring New York's bravest and finest turned out to be anything but friendly.

Last weekend, the NYPD and FDNY suited up to put on their 44th annual charity football game, dubbed the Fun City Bowl. The result? At least one bloody player and a minutes-long pushing, shoving and yelling session.

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Tempers flared on the Coney Island field between the two sides when the FDNY quarterback was tackled out of bounds.

"They hit our quarterback out of bounds, and that's how things started," FDNY coach Steve Orr said to the New York Post. "There were a lot of hotheads there."

The scrum left 33-year-old firefighter Tom Slane bloody -- and still swollen a day later.

"I don't want to talk about it," Slane said on Monday.

New York Giants running back Shane Vereen was at the game as an honorary captain, as were Jets quarterback Bryce Petty and NFL free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick.

It's not the first time the two sides have resorted to fisticuffs during a sporting event. In 2014, a similar fracas broke out at a charity hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum, the former home of the New York Islanders. That game was delayed nearly a half-hour to sort out the mess.

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