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The Crew's Statement

Following up on the video from the Crew-Revs match, Columbus has issued this statement:

"We appreciate the energy and support we receive from our fans and understand that emotions run high during games, but there is no excuse for the reprehensible behavior exhibited by the fan heard in the video clip that has surfaced. That kind of behavior has no place in our stadium, or in our society, and we strongly condemn it. Safety and fan experience have always been top priorities of both our organization and Major League Soccer, and we will continue to evaluate and enforce safety and sportsmanship policies at Crew Stadium."

MLS announced earlier today that it will investigate the incident.

By Steve Goff  |  May 27, 2008; 5:49 PM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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hahahahahaha!!!!

Posted by: 135 | May 27, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

BS !!!! they can ban the dude from the stadium for life but Dube or what ever his name is will never forget the words that were said to him!! That Sucks!

Posted by: 135 | May 27, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

OH
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2nd
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LOL

Posted by: 135 | May 27, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

At least they addressed it and didn't try to pull the typical MLS "sweep it under the rug".

Posted by: Kenobi | May 27, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

C-bus' management said what they had to, and it sounds good right now. The proof will be ongoing, as we see what sort of enforcement takes place. Now that one idiot has immortalized his stupidity, surely others will try to copycat in the future.

And ya know, this is all because of those @#$@ streamers, right? ;)

Posted by: we'll see... | May 27, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I am glad that they are taking a strong stand. It is vile and has no place in this (or any other game)

Posted by: Tammyinlalaland | May 27, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

you can't allow any of that. someone even threw their beer at Joseph i think. if it happens again, the Crew should play in an empty stadium.

Posted by: andrew | May 27, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

The guy who posted it has a big soccer profile under a similar handle, and the video appears to have been shot from right near where I was standing. I was pissed about Shalrie flipping us off but now that I hear what someone said, I have no problem with it at all.

trust me, it's not just the team and MLS trying to figure out who it was, the supporter's groups are looking into it hard. We don't want that sort of stuff in our section.

Posted by: gary | May 27, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

It's a good statement from the Crew.

Posted by: Evan | May 27, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Dock points! They don't need 'em!

Posted by: bob | May 27, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

when something like this happens they should take 3 points from the offending team and give the points to the last place team...

Posted by: Anonymous | May 27, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

I sent an e-mail to Dispatch soccer beat writer Shawn Mitchell a little earlier, along with the Insider link.

He was completely unaware, he said. He's posted something in his blog now:

http://blog.dispatch.com/crew/2008/05/ugly_ugly.shtml

Posted by: SportzNut21 | May 27, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Whoever said this would be pretty stupid to show up to another game in the first place since people could point him out and have him ejected, but a formal ban would be appropriate.

Posted by: AM | May 27, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

TO: GARY

I hope this is something you and your fellow Supporters can root out of your Section. I'm sure 99.9% of Crew fans are disgusted by this crap. MLS fans policing ourselves could and should be the best deterrent for idiots like this, rather than the League punishing everybody for one loser. Name and Shame this jack-ass

Posted by: Christian | May 27, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I sent an e-mail to Dispatch soccer beat writer Shawn Mitchell a little earlier, along with the Insider link.

He was completely unaware, he said. He's posted something in his blog now:
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That is pretty lame. He didn't know about a newsworthy incident in his own backyard until nearly 48 hours had elapsed, and only after it was brought to his attention that a reporter for a newspaper over 400 miles away was on top of it? When I lived in Columbus many years ago, the Dispatch was colloquially known as the Dogpatch, or alternatively, the Discharge. (Its now-defunct rival, the Citizen-Journal, was known as the Citizen-Urinal.) Perhaps not much has changed.

Also, if you look at his blog in general, it is just so dead compared to this one.

Posted by: tri-village | May 27, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

The guy who posted it has a big soccer profile under a similar handle, and the video appears to have been shot from right near where I was standing. I was pissed about Shalrie flipping us off but now that I hear what someone said, I have no problem with it at all.

trust me, it's not just the team and MLS trying to figure out who it was, the supporter's groups are looking into it hard. We don't want that sort of stuff in our section.

Posted by: gary | May 27, 2008 6:10 PM
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If you check out the profile of the guy who posted the video on youtube, one of his "favorite" videos is titled "Up Yours N*#%#R." Granted the clip is from Blazing Saddles but still, c'mon dude.

Looks like a really down-to-earth guy.

*sarcasm alert*

Posted by: Chief Clancy Wiggum | May 27, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

from the dispatch:

"The brief feedback I've gotten from the club about Saturday night is that the section will be called upon to do a better job of self-policing. That's a good tact, but I wonder how effective it will be. The section was too much of a teeming mass on Saturday to single out every knucklehead."

Posted by: bleu cheese | May 27, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Actually, his exact words were "I had no idea this was out there..."

But, yeah, I am seriously surprised that no one else (even from the Insider's devotees) actually tipped him off about this beforehand.

I sent him the e-mail at 5:20.
His blog post is at 5:37.
I got his response at 5:45.

I wonder if any of the Dispatch's sports-department heavyweights will opine on this? Stay tuned...

Posted by: SportzNut21 | May 27, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Anyone watch PTI today? Has there been any word about this?

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | May 27, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Forgive me, but I just can't resist the urge to wonder whether "Dispatch's sports-department heavyweights" is an oxymoron.

Posted by: tri-village | May 27, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

docking points seems a bit harsh. The league officials need to meet and set out crowd standards, along with appropriate punishments. I am glad the league is investigating this incident but unfortunately incidents like this will occur again. Therefore, a general policy is necessary. I would suggest two things. 1) Unfortunately, all streamers, tp, confetti needs to be prohibited from being thrown into the field of play except during goals. As someone who watched this game on HDNet. When Ralston was bombed with beer and beer bottles it has been shown that the problem has gone to far. Soon we will have a bloodied faced player as a result of a bottle or coin. Think this is bad PR for the soccer haters in America just wait till this happens. 2) Any raciest remarks need to have a guideline of their own. I would suggests ban of individual for life and a fine on the club for first time offenses. A second incident should result in closed stadium matches and a third incident should be docked points. I would also suggests this penalty structure for the objects on the field. (One problem with closed door matches would be can a MLS financially take a loss of such revenue?)

Posted by: DC Fan stuck in St. Louis | May 27, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

No word on PTI. Personally, I think this demonstrates a lot of strengths of the US soccer community. First the outrage on soccer blogs for this, the statement of Crew supporters outraged by this and subsequently by the Crew organization and MLS. A terrible situation, but appears to demonstrate the true nature of the US soccer fan, which I am proud to be.

Posted by: Dominick | May 27, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone watch PTI? Does anybody give a hoot if the boobs on PTI discussed this?

Posted by: I swas PTI once, It was enough | May 27, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

No way can you dock points for this isolated incident! I'm not a Crew fan, but I don't see how you can find fault with the Crew organization for one fan's actions, unless they do not react appropriately. It seems as if they have reacted in a proper manner.

This does not resemble problems in Europe one iota! In Europe, they have had entire supporter sections that hurl racial taunts.

Posted by: Crew sympathizer | May 27, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

BTW - Why does it take Soccer Insider pages 2 minutes to load these days? Methinks it is the popup ads although I have set my browser to accept them. Steve, could you please have someone in IT take a look.

Thanks !

Posted by: Anonymous | May 27, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

2) Any raciest remarks need to have a guideline of their own.

Posted by: DC Fan stuck in St. Louis | May 27, 2008 7:33 PM
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See the "Johnsonville Sausage" comments in the previous post for today's "raciest" remarks!

Posted by: edgeonyou | May 27, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Goff, Bruce Johnson is reporting on his blog that the DC council is set to vote on the United stadium issue next Tuesday (6/3) with Barry, Alexander, Grey and Evans as sponsors.

Any more insight into this???

Posted by: NattyBo | May 27, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Columbus really can't do anything more than this. Being an "ultra" doesn't give you license to be an a$$hat; the discipline and responsibility to behave properly belongs to the fans. Management and stadium security only can clean up the mess some knucklehead makes after the damage has been done.

Posted by: griffin1108 | May 27, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

self-policing has to be important at these games. at one of the home dynamo games i was at, some moron threw something on the field right after we conceded a goal, and ppl all over the stadium were all over his ass telling him to stop etc

Posted by: andy | May 27, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

This does not resemble problems in Europe one iota! In Europe, they have had entire supporter sections that hurl racial taunts.

Posted by: Crew sympathizer | May 27, 2008 7:54 PM
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We are fortunate that it doesn't resemble the worst case scenarios in Europe and MLS should not wait to achieve that level of abuse before acting.

I'm in favor of docking points, even one. If the team and fans collectively bear the burden, then "self-policing" will be more rigorous.

And folks, cut the Dispatch reporter some slack. He's no Steve Goff, but the Dispatch is no Washington Post either. The dude is probably covering prep sports, dog shows, and a whole bunch of other stuff while wondering when the publisher will replace him with AP wire reports. At least he posted it rather than ignoring it.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 27, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

BS !!!! they can ban the dude from the stadium for life but Dube or what ever his name is will never forget the words that were said to him!! That Sucks!

Posted by: 135 | May 27, 2008 5:56 PM

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Isn't the guy from South Africa... I'm not entirely sure how far outside of this country our racial insults go... Would he definitely know what it meant if you said it to him?

Posted by: Phillip | May 27, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Phillip, it wouldn't matter if he didn't know. It doesn't make it right, but since you asked here is his info.

Kheli Dube is from Zimbabwe, but he went to college in the American South (Costal Carolina University in South Carolina) so I'm pretty damn sure he knows what that means.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | May 27, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

FIFA has threatened for a long time to punish teams whose fans behave poorly during World Cup games. The problem is that it is very difficult to follow through with the threats because if you do, all you're really encouraging is for people to show up wearing the opposition's jersey and yell horrible things at their own team in hopes of getting the other team punished. I know most people wouldn't do that, but the point is how do you know if the offending person is the real deal or just someone who is trying to get the other team in trouble?

Posted by: Jon | May 27, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

would the Barra Brava turn in one of their own if one of their members shouted racial slurs?

Posted by: alejandro | May 27, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

would the Barra Brava turn in one of their own if one of their members shouted racial slurs?

Posted by: alejandro | May 27, 2008 11:20 PM

I know I would and I think most of us would be smart enough to get Oscar or the police Captain to toss this guy

Posted by: BBFunnyMan | May 27, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

ONe thing I notice that I like is BB telling their goons to shhhhsh.
A little responsibility can go a long way and is very profound when controlling the mob.
I am from the west coast and in a club that over the years has gotten bigger, and badder, and to be honest more watered down, but the one thing that is constant is the nucleus. It may change a bit but keeping everyone in check is something to be proud of all itself.
In Seattle we had trouble every so often amongst our rivals, but all it mostly ever took was a little guidance from cooler heads.
The flags, banner, and video from this last weekend is a true testament to how important all the supporters of DC United are.
Oh yeah in case you were wondering I am full color Dead Baby Bikes. check it out on deadbabybikes.org.
Choppers and talls...
Now movies.

Posted by: Dadryan | May 28, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Dispatch columnist Michael Arace, from Monday's paper, talking about the Crew ultras, and making reference to the events at the end of the game:

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/05/26/arace26.ART_ART_05-26-08_C1_BTAA9SF.html?sid=101

But now I'm wondering how the beat guy could be caught off his line as badly as Kevin Hartman was by David Beckham. Like I-270 said up there, Shawn Mitchell is no Steve Goff, but speaking as a former sportswriter, the beat writer should be aware of things.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | May 28, 2008 3:57 AM | Report abuse

Seeing how we in the Barra have over 30 countries represented and a large number of black fans I think we can handle stuff like this ourselves IF someting like it arose. I would like to think our diversity brreds understanding and tolerance. We just hate NY.

Posted by: BarraBoliviano | May 28, 2008 7:00 AM | Report abuse

C'mon folks - docking points for what ONE guy said? How hypocritical can you guys be - RFK was the place where a BOTTLE ROCKET was fired into the opposition's bench area. And in virtually every TFC game I've seen on TV this season, I've seen cups of beer come flying out of the stands during opposing teams corner kicks.

This has been blown completely out of proportion. It's ONE guy who said something completely inappropriate and maybe a handful of idiots throwing non-streamer items on the field. Identify those responsible, and ban them from the stadium. This hand-wringing is totally overblown - if you think this is the first incident involving (a) items thrown towards/on the field, or (b) racially inappropriate language, you're being naive. This one just happened to be caught on video.

Stamp out the racism. But let's not pretend this was Inter fans chucking scooters off of balconies or anything.

Posted by: Brian | May 28, 2008 7:17 AM | Report abuse

BS !!!! they can ban the dude from the stadium for life but Dube or what ever his name is will never forget the words that were said to him!! That Sucks!

Posted by: 135 | May 27, 2008 5:56 PM

What's the remedy? That memory erasing stick from Men in Black?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 28, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Brian for bringing sanity to the gross overreactions of some posters. All sports teams at every level should do all they can to catch and banish abusive fans, but some of the further penalties being proposed are ridiculous. Some people believe things happen for the very first time just because they've seen them on YouTube. Try keeping your ears and eyes open at other sporting events (or everyday life for that matter).

Posted by: BillyBob | May 28, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

What's the remedy? That memory erasing stick from Men in Black?
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The technique used in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind should also be considered.

Posted by: tri-village | May 28, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Slightly off topic - who cares about PTI? I'll never undertand some soccer fans obsession with this show - good or bad!

Posted by: Bob | May 28, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Here's a quote from the Arace column in the Dogpatch--oops, the Dispatch:

"Toronto and Columbus have taken the lead in importing European and Latin styles of support."

Oh, really? I suspect that people associated with SE/BB/LN may have something to say about that.

Just out of curiosity, do the members of La Turbina tend to come from any particular part of the city (or suburbs)? When I lived in Columbus 30 years ago, there were no neighborhoods with a distinctly Latino identity. I guess things have changed since then.

Posted by: tri-village | May 28, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

What a bunch of whiney babies crying about someone who said something perceived by some as racist.

Just ignore it and move on. The more attention you give to the person(s) involved the more they win.

You want freedom of speech? Then have the balls to understand that some may say something that you may spend an entire lifetime standing up against.

Posted by: charlton heston | May 28, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

"Perceived as some by racist"? That's a pretty high (low?) bar you're setting there!

Posted by: John | May 28, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Eh, typo. The point stands, though. By all means, make your First Amendment argument (which is, BTW, inapplicable here) but don't lead with the truly preposterous suggestion that calling a black man a 'n***er' may present nothing more than a *possible* instance of racism. Sheesh.

[BTW the Post's software appears to block posts containing certain words that aren't disguised by asterisks - who knew.]

Posted by: John | May 28, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Posters without a blogging license will not be allowed to post. Until we develop licensing procedures all "commenting" will be banned.

Any disent will be classified as Hate Speach and punishable by a life ban from all blogs.

Posted by: Big Brother | May 28, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

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