Update: All Three New Yorkers Arrested Face Felony Charges in Orlando Melee


Updated 2:40 p.m.

All three people arrested in Orlando will face felony charges for their involvement in a melee after the New York City FC-Orlando City game in Florida on March 5

Katerine Sopilidis had been charged with two misdemeanors for her role in the melee, but court records show those charges have been upgraded to felonies. Sopilidis is now charged with resisting an officer with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer and inciting a riot. Luciano Migliore also had a charge of affray be upgraded to inciting a riot.

Court records also show Sopilidis is to be arraigned on April 25 at Orange County Circuit Court in Florida. Prosecutors said in case filings that Sopilidis knowingly resisted arrest and punched an Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy. Prosecutors also allege that Sopilidis incited a riot by antagonizing others and by refusing to leave the area near the Orlando City Stadium where Orlando City and New York City fans had been confronting each other.

Sopilidis could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted of all charges. An attempt to contact Sopilidis’ attorney in Florida was unsuccessful. Along with Sopilidis, Felix Vazquez also faces felony charges for his role in the incident including aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.

Migliore will be arranged on April 19 after prosecutors upgraded his charge of affray. They allege that Migliore was also inciting others outside the area. Migliore had suspension levied by NYCFC reduced to six games.

In the team’s first away match since the events in Orlando, no incidents were reported at the D.C. United match last Saturday. NYCFC Coach Patrick Vieira was photographed Sunday signing letters thanking fans who traveled to R.F.K. Stadium.

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