Major League Soccer announced Tuesday that it will no longer prohibit the display of Iron Front imagery at games for the rest of the 2019 season.
The displaying of the Iron Front symbol at games by supporters of the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders had been a point of contention between the fan groups representing those two clubs and the league, which adopted a policy this season that banned fan displays that were deemed political. On Thursday, MLS officials met in Las Vegas with supporters' groups from the Sounders, Timbers and the Independent Supporters Council to discuss a new league policy. While no resolution came from that meeting, a conference call was set up for Tuesday, when the sides came to an agreement.
"After collaborative discussions with its fans, supporter groups, and clubs, Major League Soccer, the Independent Supporters Council, the 107 Independent Supporters Trust/Timbers Army, Emerald City Supporters, and Gorilla FC jointly announce the formation of a working group by MLS to review the League's Fan Code of Conduct to ensure clarity and consistency in advance of the 2020 season," MLS president and deputy commissioner Mark Abbott said in a statement.