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Francisco Rengel (credit: WISC-TV)

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A University of Wisconsin fan faces charges for allegedly punching two Gophers fans in the face following this week’s basketball game between the two schools.

Twenty-two-year-old Francisco Rengel of Madison is charged with substantial battery and disorderly conduct.

Authorities say Rengel and his friends exchanged words with the victims in a bar after Wisconsin upset No. 14 Minnesota 68-60 Tuesday.

Officers say the argument escalated outside. They say Rengel hit a 24-year-old man 15 to 20 times, cutting his face and injuring his ear. They say the suspect also assaulted a 25-year-old, who needed stitches on the bridge of his nose.

WISC-TV quotes police as saying alcohol contributed to “a host of bad decisions being made.”

Rengel appeared in court with a public defender Thursday and was released from jail.

(It was originally reported by WISC-TV that Rengel was a Gopher fan and that he punched 2 Wis. fans.)

(© Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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