PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Timbers Army confirmed on Wednesday that some fans have been temporarily banned from attending upcoming Portland Timbers games.
The fans allegedly flew the Iron Front flag at a game on August 31. The Timbers Army said they are disappointed about the ban.
ESPN also reported the news of the ban, saying it will last three games.
Flying the flag violates the MLS’s prohibition on political signage in its stadiums. The symbol of three arrows pointing downward and to the left dates back to an anti-Nazi paramilitary organization formed in Germany in the 1930s. Supporters’ groups maintain the symbol represents opposition to fascism and persecution — a human rights issue, not a political stance.
In a post on their blog, the Timbers Army said the action by MLS “is particularly disappointing.” They added that for the next home game, “the Timbers Army will fly no flags of any sort or deploy any smoke for goal celebrations this Saturday. … We will use banners with words instead of symbols to remind the world of our unwavering opposition to fascism and to discrimination.”
The Timbers Army also said they are not upset with the Portland Timbers.
“Our fight is against white nationalists, white supremacists, and others that seek to bring hate and violence to our stadium, city, state, and country. In this moment of darkness, we feel obliged to rally to make the soccer community the inclusive place that the world isn’t for so many of our marginalized communities here in Portland. We look forward to working with the Portland Timbers Front Office in this fight for our community.”
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