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Timbers, Sounders fans unite on ‘Iron Front’

Timbers, Sounders fans unite on ‘Iron Front’


JENNIFER: TONIGHT, A HEATED RIVALRY ON THE PITCH, AND IN THE STANDS, A SHOW OF UNITY. THIS IS KOIN 6 NEWS AT 10:00. I’M JENNIFER HOFF. JEFF: AND I’M JEFF GIANOLA. IT WAS THE 107TH CASCADIA CLASH, THE TIMBERS HOSTING THE SOUNDERS, WITH FANS OF BOTH CLUBS PROTESTING AN MLS POLICY THAT BANS SO-CALLED POLITICAL SIGNS. JENNIFER: AND THERE’S ONE SYMBOL IN PARTICULAR THAT’S BEEN SINGLED OUT, BUT THOSE FANS STILL SPORTED IT. OUR COLE MILLER IS GOING BEYOND THE HEADLINES AS HE JOINS US LIVE FROM PROVIDENCE PARK. COLE: GOOD EVENING. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE IRON FRONT. THREE ARROWS POINTING TO THE LEFT AND DOWNWARD, IT’S HISTORY DATING BACK TO NAZI GERMANY. FANS HERE SAY IT REPRESENTS ANTI-FASCISM. FOR THE LEAGUE TO BAN IT IN A GAME, THAT ISN’T SITTING WELL WITH MANY. AFTER THE NATIONAL ANTHEM ON THE PITCH, SILENCE IN THE STANDS AT PROVIDENCE PARK. FANS ON BOTH SIDES DONNING SHIRTS WITH THAT SYMBOL, THE IRON FRONT, A NOD TO ANTI-FASCISM, SOMETHING THE MLS SAYS IS POLITICAL. A NEW LEAGUE POLICY PROHIBITS ANYTHING POLITICAL. THEY CAN’T HAVE A RULE THAT SAYS “NO POLITICAL STATEMENTS” BECAUSE WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? THAT’S ABSOLUTELY IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER. WHEN THEY BAN SYMBOLS LIKE THIS, WHAT THEY’RE SAYING IS “UP UNTIL — WE ARE ONLY OPPOSED TO THOSE THINGS UP UNTIL IT BECOMES INCONVENIENT FOR US. IF WE HAVE AN ADVERTISER SOMEWHERE WHO’S A LITTLE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THAT SYMBOL BECAUSE THEY IN THEIR MINDS THINK IT MEANS SOMETHING OTHER THAN WHAT IT MEANS, THE FIRST THING THE LEAGUE WANTS TO DO IS RUN AWAY FROM THAT AND SAY “OK, WE CAN’T HAVE THAT.” COLE: THEN, IN THE 33RD MINUTE, THAT ERUPTION OF NOISE. GO BABY, GO BABY, GO, GO, GO. COLE: TIMBERS AND SOUNDERS ALIKE, WAITING THOSE 33 MINUTES FOR ONE REASON, AND THAT REASON DATES BACK DECADES TO NAZI GERMANY AND 1933. THE VERY FIRST PERSON TO BAN THE SYMBOL WE’RE ALL TALKING IS HITLER. SO WE CAN TALK ABOUT WHAT SIDE OF HISTORY WE WANT TO BE ON AND THIS IS THE STAND WE’RE TRYING TO TAKE. COLE: WHAT HAPPENS NEXT REMAINS TO BE SEEN. WILL THE LEAGUE OR THE TIMBERS FRONT OFFICE TAKE ANY ACTION? TO ME, I WOULD SAY HUMAN RIGHTS IS NOT A POLITICAL THING. COLE: AHEAD OF THE SEASON, THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER AND HEAD OF THE MLS MET WITH TEAMS TO DEVISE THIS POLICY. THE MLS IS THE ONLY LEAGUE THAT EXPRESSLY BANS POLITICAL SIGNAGE. LIVE AT PROVIDENCE PARK, COLE MILLER, KOIN 6 NEWS.

Comments (5)

  1. Ball chasers, and the people who watch them. Aspiring to greatness.

  2. Antifa does own portapotty

  3. Wow. Antifascist sports fans on both sides. I love Oregon.

  4. The iron front will rust away

  5. Maybe those advertisers should do their research on Anti fascist symbols. I think it’s stupid that the MLS is banning something that isn’t a bad thing. It’s should be people’s right and freedom of speech to fly the iron front flag. It’s their 1st amendment.

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