Fire and Crew Fans Stand Up Against Racism

Fire and Crew Fans Stand Up Against Racism

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 11, 2008
  • 4 Comments
  • Racism In Soccer

Something cool the two supporter’s groups of the Chicago Fire and the Columbus Crew did last night in their US Open Cup game in Peoria, IL (which the venue was a total hit by the way). The two groups got together to stand up against the racism issue in Major League Soccer.

They painted banners and even began their own website on the issue. The banner was paid for by Section 8, the Chicago supporters, painted in neutral colors to reflect the non-partisan nature of the effort.

Columbus will take the banner back to Crew Stadium now. The Fire play there on July 5th, and Section 8 will take back the banner then. Both sides are hoping at that time to get player signatures on the banner before the game.

Honestly, this is a great effort by the two groups. I would love to see more of the supporter groups from across MLS join in on this cause. Its simple, direct and most importantly it should be effective in the long run.

I believe Columbus has done a solid job after their little incident here to show that they aren’t all racists like some people out there believe they are. From my understanding the two sides got together after members from Chicago contacted members in Columbus to discuss this issue. The two sides then go together to do this, which is great.

(The banner is also in three languages; English, Polish, and Spanish.)

  • Sean

    This is amazing…I think every team should do this; pass a banner around the league. It promotes unity throughout the league.

  • Sean

    This is amazing…I think every team should do this; pass a banner around the league. It promotes unity throughout the league.

  • Flanagan

    Drew, <br />
    <br />
    Thanks so much for covering this. I am one of the supporters in the picture. As per Sean's comment, this action was organized specifically as the catalyst of what we here in Chicago and the Columbus boys want to promote as a league-wide unification of fans. If fans who are a part of any sub-group within larger supporters groups would like more information on how to get involved, please keep one eye on the website we have started. We are working hard to refine and update the site, and hopefully, all of you will contact us through the site. We would love to take such photos at every match the Fire play away. Let's stand together and put all the nonsense aside. Thanks again Drew.<br />
    <br />
    Yours, <br />
    Flanagan ~ Whiskey Brothers 05 / Section 8

  • Drew,

    Thanks so much for covering this. I am one of the supporters in the picture. As per Sean’s comment, this action was organized specifically as the catalyst of what we here in Chicago and the Columbus boys want to promote as a league-wide unification of fans. If fans who are a part of any sub-group within larger supporters groups would like more information on how to get involved, please keep one eye on the website we have started. We are working hard to refine and update the site, and hopefully, all of you will contact us through the site. We would love to take such photos at every match the Fire play away. Let’s stand together and put all the nonsense aside. Thanks again Drew.

    Yours,
    Flanagan ~ Whiskey Brothers 05 / Section 8