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Toronto police charge man after video surfaces of violent incident at Leafs game

Toronto police said they're investigating an incident at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday. Social media videos show a security guard putting their knee on a fan's head as they apprehended them. (DescriptionMiddle723/Reddit - image credit)
Toronto police said they're investigating an incident at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday. Social media videos show a security guard putting their knee on a fan's head as they apprehended them. (DescriptionMiddle723/Reddit - image credit)

Toronto police said Monday they've charged a 37-year-old man after video surfaced on social media of a security guard putting their knee on someone's head following a Toronto Maple Leafs game Saturday.

The video shows a security guard at Scotiabank Arena apprehending a man and kneeing them in the face as they restrain him, before holding his head down on the floor in a puddle of what appears to be blood. Another person is seen working to restrain the man.

The video doesn't show what led up to the incident, but both Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) and Toronto police announced on the weekend they were looking into the situation. The video was shared on Reddit and X, formerly Twitter.

On Monday, Toronto police alleged an Ancaster, Ont., man "became confrontational" with security and then assaulted three security guards.

A police officer who arrived at the scene in the arena hallway to arrest the man was also assaulted, police said in a news release.

The incident sparked concern among Leafs fans on the concourse.

In the video, someone can be heard screaming, "Hey, come on, get off the f--cking guy man, he's bleeding! Come on!"

In an email to CBC Toronto, MLSE said it's "aware of a security incident" that took place that day and is conducting a full investigation "in co-operation with Toronto Police Service."

"Any update will be reserved pending the outcome of the investigation," an MLSE spokesperson said.

The man who was arrested faces four charges in total and is set to appear in court in mid-March.