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Some interesting stuff to consider here...
https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2 ... lay40zauZo
There is an anti-fascist rebellion brewing in the Pacific Northwest. And soccer is at the center of it
The seeds of dissent were visible almost immediately.
Soccer officials had notified the Timbers Army, the main fan organization for the team in Portland, Ore., that the anti-fascist symbol its members had been waving on a giant banner in the north end of the stadium would no longer be permitted at games on the eve of the season earlier this year. The fan group was not happy, releasing a lengthy critique of Major League Soccer’s new rules, and working with team officials for months in meetings to change the rule.
But what began as an internal dispute between the league, the Timbers front office, and the fan group has morphed into a full rebellion in recent weeks
I'm not sure what the answer is here. You know how I feel about Antifa and I don't think their appropriation of the Iron Front symbol is much different than a white supremacist group's appropriation of a nordic symbol. The difference between the Iron Front and Antifa is that the Iron Front was actually opposing Nazis rather than mimicking some of their tactics.
Maybe the Army should adopt the skull and crossbones of FC St. Pauli.It’s an Anti-Fascist Thing: How an Obscure German Soccer Team Gained a Brooklyn Cult
F.C. St. Pauli is an avowed anti-fascist soccer team based in Hamburg that plays in Germany’s second division and hasn’t won the title in more than 40 years, though it runs a kindergarten inside the stadium, which displays signs proclaiming “no person is illegal.” The club has a worldwide, international fandom that defines itself in opposition to the racism and violence that characterizes European football hooliganism.
FYI - I took my 2 youngest kids to a Timbers game with GA tickets in the Army section and it was one of the best sporting events I've ever experienced! We stood and cheered and chanted the entire game. My daughter is not a soccer fan but she had a blast. I highly recommend the experience.