Kyle Tyrrell said the altercation on Victoria’s Surf Coast in Australia occurred because he was standing up for his wife, Liana, who was attacked by a Muslim man after she told him the beach was a no-fishing area.
Tyrrell, 48, said the man punched his wife in the face, and also claimed the attack was racially and culturally motivated after the man called his wife a “white slut.”
The retired lieutenant colonel received criticism over the attack, from which he suffered minor injuries, according to The Washington Times.
He posted a reply on the Stand Up For Australia — Melbourne Facebook page, where he said he had no other option but to fight, the U.K. Daily Mail reported. He also “confirmed” there that the men were Muslims.
Tyrrell said the man took offense after a woman (his wife) told him what to do. He started talking back to her, and when she ignored him, he became irate. He began to attack her, and Tyrrell said that after he got the man into a headlock up to eight other men joined in on the fight.