Major League Soccer Reverses Ban On Antifa Symbol At Games After Backlash

Major League Soccer has suspended its ban on the Iron Front symbol amid pressure from protesters.

Portland, OR – Major League Soccer (MLS) has changed its rules to better accommodate antifa members who want to display the Iron Front symbol during games.

Earlier this season, MLS implemented a fan code of conduct, which prohibits “using [including on any sign or other visible representation] political, threatening, abusive, insulting, offensive language and/or gestures, which includes racist, homophobic, xenophobic, sexist or otherwise inappropriate language or behavior,” The New York Times reported.

But independent Portland Timbers fan group Timber Army and independent supporters of other MLS teams joined together to stage protests against the code of conduct, and argued that they should be allowed to display the Iron Front Symbol, KATU reported.

The three-arrow symbol was first used during World War II to protest Nazis.

More recently, it has been adopted by violent antifa activists who think they are fighting literal Nazis and assault people who disagree with them.

Several fans were banned for three matches after they waved flags depicting the symbol at a game earlier this season, according to KATU.

Protesters argued that the symbol is not political, and claimed it simply represents opposition to persecution and fascism, The New York Times reported.

After representatives from the team fan groups met with MLS President Mark Abbott in Law Vegas on Sept. 19, the league opted to allow fans to display the Iron Front symbol for the duration of the season.

The league will also create a working group to re-examine the code of conduct, The New York Times reported.

“This working group will include representatives from the league office and clubs and work collaboratively with leaders of club supporter groups and a cross-section of diversity and inclusion experts,” Abbott told the paper.

The team supporters groups released a statement praising MLS leaders for allowing the Iron Front symbol to return to league games.

“The Independent Supporters Council and supporter groups for the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders F.C. acknowledge the league’s willingness to discuss these complex issues, as well as the league’s affirmation of its longtime opposition to racism, fascism, white supremacy, white nationalism and homophobia,” the groups said in a statement to The New York Times.

“We appreciate Major League Soccer’s willingness to engage, listen, and learn,” the statement continued. “We look forward to continuing the dialogue, moving away from direct action in the stands on this issue, and instead focusing our energy on making progress around the table.”

Earlier this year, a fan was removed from Providence Park for waving a Trump 2020 flag, The New York Times reported.

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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Good. Protecting the right to freedom of expression is paramount, and I want to be able to easily identify the terrorists everywhere I go.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

MLS, and a good number of other large companies, know where the majority of their money comes from. Listen to your public or get bought out, free market at work.

tfort
tfort

Good. If a cop can “wave” his KKK application and confederate flag...... then we all should wave the Iron Front flag against oppression.

Good job MLS.

RetAFVet
RetAFVet

The individuals committing the most terroristic acts in America are easily identifiable, they will be white, between the age of 18-35 and carrying some form of assault rifle.

Don't believe me ask the trump appointed Director of the FBI Christopher Wray or even Homeland Security. <-- trumps Homeland Security

61mouse
61mouse

So does this mean people can bring their guns and hold them up for their symbol of the 2nd amendment ?

Killrori
Killrori

Sissys. Why be afraid of a bunch of Aussie. Antfia on my nuts.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Okay Portland, if you're going to this, I want to see equal access granted to the Nazi's flag, gay flag, kkk flag, Christian flag, ISIS flag, Confederate flag but PLEASE, take down old glory because you Portland are a poor representation of what this country is all about.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

What is wrong with these Athletic & Other Organizations kowtowing to Domestic Terrorists Organizations? Who cares if they're mad, call in the National Guard with live ammo and eliminate the problem! So tired of organizations & people giving in to threats and mayhem, just so we don't upset someone! Try not violating the law for once, there's your payment, be a productive citizen, stop the cry-baby tactics and grow up!

wiradjuri
wiradjuri

Iron Front? Sounds awfully fascist. Funny how these guys sport trendy Hitler Youth haircuts and behave like fascist thugs. But they're "anti-fascist." Yeah. If you're too dumb to see through these transparent fanatics.

Scattered
Scattered

Where does it say the Trump supporter that was kicked out can wear his gear or wave his flag? If you let this terrorist group in wearing their garb you must let us white supremacists supporting Trump wear what we want!! What a load of horse shit. Why dont you grow a set and do whats right for this Country which includes supporting the President of the United States!!!!!

rpdtransit55
rpdtransit55

Idiots letting these prices take over. Piss on antifa. Should be banned.

RPG156
RPG156

Who cares what MLS does... really?

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Soccer is the biggest sport in the world. The submission to threats by a terrorist organization is inexcusable. Portland is the epicenter of the ANTIFA movement and the Feds need to step in and put a stop to it, before people start getting killed, instead of just maimed.

Alanncpd
Alanncpd

Setting themselves up for civil vicarious liabilities...

magnumforc
magnumforc

I guess soccer joins the National Felons League as a no-go for me.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another good reason they should be designated a domestic terrorist group.

Branoli
Branoli

Portland is no longer the City of Roses but now the stronghold of antifa. They have literally taken over the city and no one seems interested in stopping them. I will NEVER go there again even though my daughter lives there. If she wants to see me she will have to make a trip home.

bafsu92
bafsu92

Soccer was something I did with my daughter to get away from politics. First they ban the Betsy Ross flag then allow an ANTIFA flag. I hate the double standard. No more #OrlandoCity games for us

walkintall
walkintall

It's Portland.....It's soccer.....Who gives a shit.

Jailkeeper
Jailkeeper

So, in other words, MLS caved in.....

Outlaw Biotch 2020
Outlaw Biotch 2020

My President is right. Antifa is a terrorist organization. Just a bunch of snot nose, whiny boy bi**hes with man buns. Also, it's soccer. Who cares. Portland is a dump now. Breeding ground for the real fascists. I wish a mofo would

Jkingo
Jkingo

Like I needed another reason not to be the least bit interested in MLS.

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

I suppose we should target MLS sponsors as the Antifa thugs would. It doesn’t take many emails to large sponsors to get attention. I wrote to Anheuser-Busch over the NFL protesters. I’m still not watching their games nor am I purchasing Budweiser.