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Orlando City Soccer Club Offers Ultimatum
Jul 10, 2014
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After several issues at the Orlando City Soccer game this past weekend Phil Rawlins, Orlando City founder and president, released a statement condemning the fans actions and putting both supporter groups on suspension until everything is resolved. Here was his open letter:

At last Sunday’s game in St. Petersburg a small portion of our fans were involved in a number of incidents that reflected very poorly on our Club and entire fanbase. The Club wants to make it abundantly clear that it will not tolerate any such behavior, will not be associated with fans who think this type of behavior is acceptable, and takes the situation extremely seriously.
Orlando City is proud of the reputation it has built in the community and will not allow a small number of fans involved in unsavory behavior to tarnish our organization. For these reasons the Club, following consultation with local law enforcement and Major League Soccer, has taken immediate action which includes (but is not limited to) the following steps:

  • The four fans arrested have been suspended from all future Orlando City games pending the outcome of legal proceedings;
  • Both current Supporter Groups – The Ruckus & Iron Lion Firm – have been indefinitely suspended pending their agreement to a new Fan Code of Conduct which follows MLS Supporter Group guidelines;
  • All privileges associated with being a Supporter Group (e.g., use of drums, flags, large banners, etc.) are temporarily suspended. The Club is in the process of implementing new guidelines to become a “Recognized Supporter Group” which will involve privileges (such as use of drums, flags, large banners, etc.) for those groups that comply in the future;
  • A copy of the new Fan Code of Conduct is being distributed to all fans.

We extend our apologies on behalf of our fans to the Rowdies organization for the events of last Sunday. The Club has also written a letter to the Tampa Bay Rowdies expressing the same.

In closing, as a Club, we have worked tirelessly over the last four seasons to be a model organization on and off the field. We are very proud of what we have accomplished with the support of our fans, partners, players and staff. We know that the vast majority of our supporters already fully comply with the Fan Code of Conduct, love the game of soccer, and are passionate fans of Orlando City. We will not allow our good name to be sullied by the actions of a few. We will, without hesitation, do everything we can to continue upholding the Club’s core values as we transition into Major League Soccer.

I am happy to see that something is being done and that the fans who caused a lot of the mess in the first place will be suspended until the legal process has run its course. I am an OCSC fan and have sat in the supporter section at times and they are mostly a group of passionate fans but there are always a few who ruin it for the bunch.

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A lifetime Central Florida resident and long time Orlando resident I have spent a number of years blogging for other sites including the Golf Channel. I came to Orlando as a UCF student in 1999 after spending my childhood in the the Daytona Beach area. A love of theme parks, warm weather and good friends has kept me in the area I now call home.

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