A number of Portland Timbers fans have been banned from attending games at Providence Park for three matches after flying Iron Front flags during the team's last home game against Real Salt Lake on Saturday, August 31st.
This latest development in the ongoing situation surrounding the anti-fascist symbol and Major League Soccer's new Fan Code of Conduct banning "political" signage in stadiums around the league was met with an immediate response from the Timbers Army/107IST, the nonprofit engine behind the Timbers Army and Rose City Riveters, who continue to stand in protest of the League's stance, specifically citing the "misapplication of the Fan Code of Conduct" and its "failure to consult with human rights experts in the Code’s creation."
In protest of the league's decision to hand down bans, the Timbers Army has announced that they will "fly no flags of any sort or deploy any smoke for goal celebrations" at this weekend's game against Sporting Kansas City, Instead, the supporter's group will "focus on education," with "banners featuring words instead of symbols to remind the world of our unwavering opposition to fascism and to discrimination."
The 107IST also confirmed that they have agreed to meet with Portland Timbers Front Office in the coming week, along with "several social justice organizations that specialize in protecting marginalized communities in Oregon." The meeting will welcome a discussion of the bans, along with larger issues, including the ongoing efforts "to ensure that Providence Park and the surrounding streets are safe and welcoming for marginalized groups."
Stand by for further details.