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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.

Pats and Jets fans charged in postgame fight

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New Jersey authorities said several New England Patriots fans instigated the fight that resulted in a New York Jets fan punching a Boston woman in the face after the AFC North rivals clashed Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. New Jersey State Police said that evidence shows Amanda MacDowell, 25, of Marlborough and Jaclyn Nugent, 26, of Boston punching and kicking 38-year-old Kurt Paschke of Holbrook, N.Y., before he punched Nugent. After Paschke punched Nugent, he was punched in the face by David James Sacco, 28, of Boston, according to the statement. The incident on a stadium concourse occurred minutes after the Jets defeated the Patriots in overtime, 30-27. MacDowell, Nugent, Paschke, and Sacco are all scheduled to appear in East Rutherford Municipal Court on charges of simple assault and disorderly conduct, State Police said. The New York Daily News reported that Paschke served three years in prison for the killing of a Long Island teenager during a fight in 1992.

Todd Feathers can be reached at todd.feathers@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @ToddFeathers.
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