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(DETROIT) — The man who allegedly shined a laser pointer at Buffalo Bills players as the team took on the Detroit Lions last weekend has been identified, charged and banned from Ford Field, according to a statement from the team.

The alleged laser-pointing fan faces a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge from the Detroit City Prosecutor’s Office. The fan’s name was not given in the statement. ESPN reported police were able to track him down after he allegedly bragged about the incident on social media.

The Lions also announced that the season ticket holder who gave the individual their tickets for the game will have his seats revoked for the rest of the 2014 season.

“Our guest behavior expectations for all Ford Field events are very high,” Lions team President Tom Lewand said in a statement. “Additionally, this occurrence was unique in that it could have affected the integrity of the game and more importantly could have jeopardized player safety.”

All the major sports leagues ban laser pointers from their games. Dozens of incidents have been reported across the U.S. of the devices being pointed at airplanes and helicopters, possibly blinding pilots.

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