Monday evening, Major League Soccer informed board members for Section 8 Chicago and Sector Latino that they have been given a two-game travel ban. Chicago Fire fans will not receive supporter group privileges— which includes permission to bring in banners and musical instruments, among other things— for the upcoming away games against the New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC.
According to a statement from Section 8 on their Twitter account, the sanctions are being imposed in response to alleged incidents involving Fire fans during their recent trip to Minnesota United. S8C also published a letter with MLS letterhead informing them of the ban, which states that “[s]hould there be additional incidents of misconduct further action will likely result.”
#cf97 We are disappointed to have been informed that traveling Fire supporters will not receive away supporters privileges for the upcoming matches against NYRB and TFC. These sanctions occurred as a result of the 3/17 match against MNUFC. Details here: https://t.co/XsMWvU9rMW pic.twitter.com/zkwrkiMoiK— Section 8 Chicago (@Section8Chicago) April 2, 2018
Section 8 declined to offer additional comment for this piece. Sector Latino did not respond before press time.
We’ll report any updates as they become available.