The San Jose Ultras exited Avaya Stadium approximately a half hour ahead of the San Jose Earthquakes’ home meeting with Sporting Kansas City to protest new sanctions regarding their right to bring flags into the stadium. A Quakes spokesperson said that the Ultras left the stadium on their own accord.
The club had imposed sanctions on the Ultras after a smoke bomb had been discharged from their section in their draw with the Seattle Sounders on September 10th. Smoke bombs are prohibited from Avaya Stadium due to rules set by the SJFC Fire Marshall.
Citing their commitment to “the growth of a vibrant and safe environment in our stadiums” the club revoked the Ultras’ right to bring flags into Avaya Stadium due to the “fact that no individuals were identified to having been 100% responsible.”
Violation of the sanctions were punishable by “removal of the Ultras Group Leader and possible suspension [Unless responsible party is turned in and removed instead], no flag poles, banners or other displays at home or away matches [and the prohibition of] megaphones, drums, or other instruments in sections 117-118.”
After exiting in protest, the Ultras tweeted: “13+ years of support and sacrifices and prison time threats over smoke bombs is the reward! #disgusted”
The Quakes declined to comment on whether the Ultras received threats of prison time.
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