2 injured by broken beer bottle in soccer field brawl

Two men were stabbed in a brawl at a Southcrest soccer field on Sunday.

SAN DIEGO — Two men were cut by a broken beer bottle Sunday in a brawl at a local soccer field that all started over a flag, San Diego police confirm.

The fight, reported at a park in Southcrest around 4 p.m., broke out when a man waving a Honduras flag was confronted by another person at the park, police said. As the argument grew heated, the man broke a beer bottle over the flag-waving man’s head. Witnesses said the two had been arguing about national soccer teams.

Others rushed toward the struggle and a large scrum broke out at the park until officers arrived to break it up. The man who had used the beer bottle, identified as 24-year-old Brian Cota, ran away from the scene but was located with the help of a police helicopter. Cota was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and later booked into jail.

The other man at the center of the fight was also treated for non-life-threatening injuries.