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Fire Fri Aug 08 2008

Racial Abuse At Toyota Park

I remember the first time I saw them. There were maybe five or six shirtless kids, jumping up and down, waving their shirts above their heads and cheering next to a banner that said "Sector Latino". It was 2005 and they were in the empty end of the mostly empty Soldier Field. I remember looking at them and thinking, "Jeez, I hope each one of them brings about 10 friends to the next game." Instead, security came along and kicked them out of the empty section, to boos from the rest of the crowd.

Three years later though, Sector Latino has grown and turned into a substantial part of Section 8. But they haven't stopped getting hassled by security. I wasn't at the Chivas USA game, but apparently it featured the worst cases yet of abuse from Toyota Park's rightly maligned Monterrey Security. Details at the Section 8's website. Check it out, it's a must read. Kudos to Section 8 for sticking together on this, and to the Fire front office: fix this now.

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Krasny / August 15, 2008 3:06 AM

apparently the Fire heard, and told them to f**k off.,0,3704917,print.story

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