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Fire Mon Aug 18 2008

Things Get Worse

Brian McBride's debut in a 1-0 loss to DC United was overshadowed by the growing controversy between Section 8 and Fire management over Monterrey Security's treatment of its hispanic faction, Sector Latino. Section 8 sat quietly for the entire first half, creating an eerie atmosphere of silence in a near sold out stadium. Not helping matters are quotes coming from the man who has brought most of the hispanic fans to the stadium in the first place, Cuahtemoc Blanco, calling a faction of the fans "garbage."Keep in mind, this is a translation. Also keep in mind there are definitely two sides to this story. Blanco's personal security guard, Mexican-American Juan Gaytan Jr., owns Monterrey Security -- the company accused of racial actions. Both sides really need to cool down on this one, but you can't help but feel that if the relationship between Section 8 and the Fire front office hadn't been steadily deteriorating for the past four years (including last year's attempt to search every Section 8-er at a separate entrance) this wouldn't have turned into such a big problem.

 
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