Columbus fans respond to West Ham hooliganism

Here is a response from Allen Skaggs, A Crew supporter to my post the other day:

Your accusations against the Crew supporters is so far from the truth that I dare you to find out for real what’s going on in the Nordecke.

I would love to speak with you about the Toronto FC situation.  I am the guy who organized the bus trip for 50 of the fans (first time accomplished).  I have first-hand account of what happened and if you question my objectivity, even the Toronto Sun reported a fairly objective and mostly truthful accounting of the events.

And, I can put you in touch with the parents of the children in my group.  I can put you in touch with the older gentlemen on my bus.  You can speak with the young couples on the bus.  But, to take the time to actually research something before you make accusations would have taken time and got in the way of the truth.

As for the West Ham incident – THEY came into the Nordecke and THEY started problems.  Anyone has a right to protect themselves and those around them.

The racial slur was by a single person, not the entire supporters group.  To generalize a group as racist because of one idiot’s statements is simply ignorant.

The throwing of streamers has stopped in Columbus per the MLS rule.  But, for some reason it has NOT stopped in Toronto.  Is this possibly because they are the “golden” team – meaning they put more fans in the stadium on a regular basis than other teams?

You accuse the Crew fans of throwing bottles and coins onto the pitch…?  To what are you referring?  Are you just making this crap up now?

Mark McCullers and Sigi Schmidt not only tolerate the supporters but they embrace us and even subsidized some of the costs to the Toronto game to make sure WE were there when the Crew won the Trillium Cup.  We celebrated for hours with them later in the hotel.

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5 Comments

  1. nope September 24, 2008
  2. Nick September 25, 2008
  3. Allen September 25, 2008
  4. kkfla737 September 25, 2008
  5. Nick September 25, 2008

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