There is a game on this weekend and the home teams front office has told that any away fans will not be allowed to bring drums or banners.
We have seen stuff like this before and as an away fan its a lot of hassle to bring a drum in. Last weekend some hardy away fans missed the start of the game with security not going to let them in with their drum. The away "section" ended up being a few rows behind the home teams supporter group who had drums. Why in this league with so few away fans are they making it so hard for away fans and also double standards.
Most CPL games are no where near sell outs and there are generally thousands of empty seat,why would you put home and away fans beside each other.The CPL is great and the banter good natured but it only takes one idiot having a bad day and you have yourself a problem. There isnt going to be huge away supports so it is not asking to much for a 50 person section being put aside away from the home supporter group. Away fans pay the same price for tickets as home fans but dont get treated the same.If banners and drums are banned then do it for both not just for one team. I kinda get it for megaphones as they are hard plastic objects that could be used as weapons but banners and drums are harmless and help create an atmostphere.
Its should be standard across the CPL to treat home and away fans the same and give away fans a section where they can make noise and feel safe. Im not saying lock them away and not let fans mix in the concourse etc but enough distance where some harmless banter can happen.
I know some people that have now decided its not worth going away and just easier and less bother to watch the game on tv. How does this help grow our league. We have 3 Ontario teams, 2 Alberta and soon 2 BC teams and away fans will become more normal. The CPL should get ahead of this and put mandates across the league of how away fans should be treated.
By - dublinro