HOUSTON - APRIL 17: Houston Dynamo fans celebrate a Dynamo score in the first hakf agasint Chivas USA at Robertson Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
The ISC (Independent Supporters Council) has now come out in support of the Dynamo supporters groups and ISC member, the Texian Army, and against the sanctions. They state that they are okay with punishment against supporters groups, just not in this case. They ask that the league do the following:
1. Does not hold supporters groups responsible for the actions of unaffiliated fans.
Hold the individuals who behaved poorly accountable without punishing good
2. When supporters do travel, take attacks on them as seriously as you do incidents
involving them. Traveling fans are regularly treated to racist chants and thrown
items, not from other supporters' groups, but from other fans in the stadium. They
do not receive support or follow‐up from security or the front office at these
stadiums. This does more to contribute to ugly incidents like we saw at the MLS Cup
than any number of flags or banners.
3. If the league intends to punish supporters for incidents at games, work directly
with the leadership of the affected supporters' group first and give them an
opportunity to appeal, rather than simply announcing an open‐ended ban.
In my opinion they have stated what I was thinking perfectly, they addressed the other issues not addressed by the league such as racism, and the fact that some of the actions were done by unaffiliated fans. The only question is if the league will listen to reason. At this point, I don't think the league will back down too much, but I do believe that when it comes time to end the ban, they might do so easier. I'm sure the ban had all the good intentions, as what happened was definitely wrong, but they just missed the mark in how they handled the situation.
Do you agree with the open letter to the MLS sent by the Independent Supporters Council?
100% (22 votes)
Kind-Of (6 votes)
Totally missed the mark (2 votes)
30 total votes