Fans at Toronto FC Game Told to Take Down 'Refugees Welcome' Banner

Tom Webb@@tomwebby92UK Staff WriterSeptember 14, 2015

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A small group of fans attending Toronto FC's clash with New England Revolution at BMO Field on Sunday were told to take down a banner reading "Refugees Welcome."

Fans in Germany, England and Australia have displayed similar banners in recent weeks to show support for the current refugee crisis.

Arsenal fans show support for the refugee cause at the Emirates today. pic.twitter.com/t7w7bQkryS

— BPL Zone (@BPLZone) September 12, 2015

“In taking this action, I was identifying as a football fan, which is a key part of my life,” explained Ciaran Breen, one of the Toronto fans, via nationalpost.com. “People in other countries and other football fans have shown us their example and we’re following their lead as sports fans.”

“As per both venue and league security policies, banners containing political messaging of any kind are not permitted,” a representative of Toronto FC owners Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) later explained.

[h/t nationalpost.com]

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