Fan talks held in Portland described as 'productive'

In the aftermath of the protest by fans at Friday's Portland Timbers-Seattle Sounders derby over MLS's ban on Iron Front flag and banners inside stadiums, board members from the 107 Independent Supporters Trust representing Portland supporters' groups met with representatives of the Timbers and the NWSL Thorns on Tuesday.

Afterwards, the 107IST issued a statement. Here are some of key points:

-- No sanctions will be levied against individuals who flew or held up Iron Front flags or banners at Providence Park during last Friday’s Cascadia Cup match or at the Thorns' NWSL match on Sunday. (The clubs issued general warnings.)

-- MLS has committed to meeting with 107IST representatives to discuss the league's Fan Code of Conduct and concerns with the inclusion of the word “political” in the 2019 version and the banning of the Iron Front symbol.

The 107IST described the discussions as "productive" and is "encouraged by the commitment of the Timbers/Thorns front office and the league to work with us on finding a path to move forward." It reiterated, however, its position, which remains unchanged. It wants MLS to ...

1. Lift the ban on the display of iron front imagery on flags and banners;
2. Remove the word “political” from the fan code of conduct; and
3. Consult with marginalized groups and experts in the field of human rights to construct a fan code of conduct that supports radical inclusion and opposes discrimination.

Photo: Diego Diaz/Icon Sportswire

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5 comments about "Fan talks held in Portland described as 'productive'".
  1. Wallace Wade, August 30, 2019 at 8:09 a.m.

    Good to see the Timbers are interested in working with the fans and supporter groups. Unfortunately, Don Garber and posse is who makes the rules. MLS / USSF / SUM have zero interest in a dialogue with “Guests”, as the Red Headed clown puts it. The protest should continue!!!

  2. R2 Dad, August 30, 2019 at 9:28 a.m.

    I remember a PG article warning about the "passionate" fans Garber was excited aboout a couple years back. Karma running over your dogma?

  3. beautiful game, August 30, 2019 at 11:14 a.m.

    Garber will do what is best for the MLS owners, he follows NFL commish agenda.

  4. Peter Bechtold, August 30, 2019 at 1:59 p.m.

    Not to forget that President Trump has asked that Antifa be classified as a domestic terrorist group. The corporate ownership is likely to want to appease the White House which is not popular in Portland and vice versa.

  5. R2 Dad replied, September 1, 2019 at 1:37 p.m.

    Can we refrain from referencing the Cheetoh-in-Chief? Divisive in the best of circumstances.

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