LAFC and MLS Respond Quickly to Homophobic Chant
LAFC’s coming out party at their brand new Banc of California was marred by a familiar homophobic goal kick chant coming from the stands.
On Monday the club and its union of supporters groups released a joint statement on the issue: “The offensive goal kick chant is wrong and not what we are about. We ask that all of our fans and Supporters work to hold each other accountable to eliminate this from Banc of California Stadium.” The team also promised ramifications for offenders in the from of ejections and loss of season ticket holder privileges.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber was also asked about the chant at halftime. He said, via the Los Angeles Times, “It shouldn’t happen, and it will stop. We are not just concerned about it. It defies everything we stand for. I’ve spoken to ownership during the game. They get it. And I have real confidence that it’ll stop.”
With the league’s “Soccer for All” month just weeks away, hopefully the strong sentiments expressed by LAFC are paired with strong actions. If this chant continues anywhere in MLS, this needs to be the season the league responds with harsh actions.