KGW8. Major League Soccer banned several members of the Timbers Army for flying banners displaying the Iron Front symbol, which is associated with the Antifa movement.
PORTLAND, Ore. — As the Portland Timbers played Saturday night at Providence Park, the Timbers Army once again packed the stands, minus a few regulars.
Major League Soccer banned several members of the Timbers Army for flying banners displaying the Iron Front symbol at the Timbers’ last home match, against Real Salt Lake.
The Iron Front symbol has recently become associated with the Antifa movement. Now, it’s been banned under the league’s policy against political signs.
One of those banned is Abram Goldman-Armstrong, the owner of Cider Riot.
“I am very disappointed that the club is prohibiting the display of anti-fascist and anti-racist symbols in the stadium,” Goldman-Armstrong told KGW in a statement.
“I have been a season ticket holder in section 107 since 2001, and being anti-fascist and anti-racist has been an integral part of the Timbers army since its inception. We have a multi-ethnic team from all over the world. Support for the team means support for the players both on and off the pitch,” Goldman-Armstrong said.
The Timbers Army has also been vocal about the ban.