Football feud may have fueled slash attack outside Candlestick Park

Getty Images File PhotoTwo suspects stabbed a man after ragging on his Dallas Cowboys shirt and harassing his girlfriend.

A man who was stabbed during an altercation outside Candlestick Park on Sunday was targeted for wearing a Dallas Cowboys T-shirt, police said Monday.

Kristopher Viana, 22, and Alexandro Arguelles, 30, both of San Francisco, were booked on three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy in connection with the incident on Harney Way.

The victim, a 27-year-old Elk Grove man whom police did not identify, is expected to survive, Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.

The incident unfolded about 1:30 p.m., Andraychak said, when the victim was hanging out with five friends in a parking lot while the Niners game against the New York Giants got under way. The suspects allegedly approached the group and ragged on the victim over his T-shirt.

Fists flew until bystanders stepped in and broke up the brawl, Andraychak said. Viana and Arguelles reportedly did initially leave, but then returned as the victim and his friends — all reportedly Niners fans — headed to the stadium.

The victim was knifed while defending his girlfriend, who was initially attacked by Viana, police said.

Viana and Arguelles fled but were arrested a few minutes later at Blanken Avenue and Executive Park Boulevard, police said.

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