Texian Army Statement Reveals New Details on Dynamo Supporters Groups Bans
The Texian Army has released a statement in regards to the recent sanctions against Dynamo Supporters Groups. Before I get to the issues that they have addressed within their statement, I would like to applaud the Texian Army for putting together such a poignant and well worded statement. Their words come in stark contrast to those of Miguel Sada, a co-founder of El Batallon, who seemed to have spoken too quickly and with too much anger. It is clear that the Texian Army work diligently to provide a safe, fun and supportive atmosphere at Dynamo games. I truly hope that Major League Soccer takes notice of their wonderful statement and reinstates Supporters exemptions as soon as possible.
The group addresses some key issues that have thus far been left unanswered. On Monday rumors of full and half season bans began spreading like wildfire throughout the Dynamo fan community. The Texian Army have confirmed these rumors.
Several individuals who attended MLS Cup were individually identified by the Dynamo and have been assessed bans ranging from one-half to all of the 2012 MLS season at BBVA Compass. Despite these bans on individuals for misconduct, MLS has chosen to assess restrictions on all Dynamo supporters groups (Texian Army, El Batallon, La Bateria, and Brickwall Firm) as a whole.
The group also echoes the reaction of many of the fans who took notice of the singular sanction approach. In their statement the Texian Army points out the fact that though other Supporters Groups have also broken the rules set forth by Major League Soccer, Dynamo Supporters Groups are the first and only to be sanctioned.
Another issue that I would like to touch on is the suggestion by the Texian Army that there is no procedure at this time for the groups to re-apply for their exemptions. It would seem as though Major League Soccer hastily applied these sanctions without developing or explaining the system under which they are working. There is no doubt that this is a completely new situation within Major League Soccer and within the world of American professional sports as a whole. It is a slippery slope that Major League Soccer is starting down but hopefully there is an end in sight. The Texian Army close their statement with a call for more dialogue between the League and Supporters Groups. As a Dynamo fan and supporter of soccer in the United States I hope that Major League Soccer takes them up on their offer.