A statement on behalf of the 107IST board of directors
The 107IST board met with representatives of the Timbers and Thorns front office on Tuesday, August 27th, to discuss:
Our ongoing concerns with the ban on flying the iron front flag;
Our concerns with the inclusion of the word “political” in MLS’s fan code of conduct; and
Our request that the league consult with supporters, representatives from marginalized groups, and with experts in human rights to craft a fan code of conduct that reflects and supports radical inclusion and anti-discrimination.
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 match on Sunday (the Timbers/Thorns front office have instead decided to issue a general warning).
The discussions were productive, and will be ongoing. In addition, MLS has committed to meeting with representatives from the Independent Supporters Council in the near future to discuss the Fan Code of Conduct and specifically supporters' concerns with the inclusion of the word “political” and the banning of the Iron Front symbol.
While we are encouraged by the commitment of the Timbers/Thorns front office and the league to work with us on finding a path to move forward, our position remains unchanged:
Lift the ban on the display of iron front imagery on flags and banners
Remove the word “political” from the fan code of conduct
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
We want to thank our members and everyone in the greater soccer community for their support - it was clear that our message has been heard loud and clear both by the Timbers/Thorns front office and MLS, and we have shown that the supporters are a force to be reckoned with. We ask that you continue to message the front office with your concerns about the Fan Code of Conduct.
We are coming together as a city, collectively, just as we have done in the past, to say no to hate. Let’s do this, Portland.