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Supporter Groups of NY Red Bulls Protest Dante Vanzeir Ban by Walking Out at Kickoff Against Dynamo.

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Three groups of New York Red Bulls fans staged a walkout moments before kickoff against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night.

After a weather delay initially halted their protests, the Vikings Army (VA), Empire Supporters Club, and Torcida 96 poured in from Red Bull Arena, leaving the stadium noticeably barren.

And the trio announced earlier this week that they would protest the suspension and treatment of superstar Dante Vanzier, who used racist language in last week’s 1-1 draw with San Jose.

Fans lingered for the national anthem before walking out, upset at the length of the suspension and coach Gerhard Strober’s delicate handling of the situation.

Before walking out, the South Ward fans chanted again and again in unison. Although they left, fans from other corners of the stadium stayed to watch the action.

Supporters stayed behind for the national anthem before turning out to protest the New York Red Bulls

As the match began, the Southern Quarter was noticeably more stripped than it had been before the protest

As the match began, the Southern Quarter was noticeably more stripped than it had been before the protest

The view from the South Ward once the three groups of supporters leave Red Bull Arena

The view from the South Ward once the three groups of supporters leave Red Bull Arena

Before exiting the field the south wing in scarves stood aloft, sending a powerful message

Before exiting the field the south wing in scarves stood aloft, sending a powerful message

Fans from all three fan groups vented their anger against the club and Fanzier

Fans from all three fan groups vented their anger against the club and Fanzier

San Jose quarterback Jeremy Ibobisi said he heard a racist remark — and game footage showed players on both sides reacting by pushing Fanzier out of the way, leading to an astonishing 21 minutes of overtime.

Vanzier was not immediately taken off after the 64th minute encounter, instead staying put until Strober put him in the 87th minute.

Earthquakes coach Lucy Gonzalez said he “was adamant about pointing out that the player should not be on the field anymore”.

A statement issued by the club directly apologized for the incident, describing the statements and Strober’s inaction as “inexcusable”.

The Red Bulls record signing moved away from the team, with the announcement coming before his six-game suspension by Major League Soccer.

Fanzier took responsibility for what he did in a statement, saying he would “accept any suspension, fine and counseling” as a result of his sentence.

Meanwhile, Struber said in a statement on Monday that he “made a decision that I thought was the best I could have given the information I had at that moment” and admitted he should have “immediately” replaced Vanzier.

During Thursday’s press conference, Strooper Publicly apologize. The NYRB front office has called on supporter groups to organize a meeting this week, with Vanzeir and Struber also in attendance.

ESC board member Natalie Lazo said of the protest in comments to “It’s bigger, it’s bigger than the game we all love to watch”. Daily Mail.com. “It hurts to do this, it hurts to turn your back on a team that has given you so much over the years.

Similar sentiments were echoed by fellow ESC board member Steve Vereza, suggesting that all three supporter groups were in full swing regarding the strike.

All three groups had the same idea to go out and, you know, we made sure we kept the same messages in everything, but we all knew, independently of each other, that we couldn’t stand aside and continue to support the club in the stands like we usually do,” he told our correspondent. At Red Bull Arena.

“It’s important to us because we have to stand up against racism.”

A section of fans has repeatedly called for Stroper and Fanzier to be fired for their involvement.

Fans started leaving the stadium after the national anthem was played as the match kicked off

Fans started leaving the stadium after the national anthem was played as the match kicked off

New York Red Bulls forward Dante Vanzier has been suspended six games for using racist language

New York Red Bulls forward Dante Vanzier has been suspended six games for using racist language

In a joint statement, the fan groups said they will continue to protest until change occurs

In a joint statement, the fan groups said they will continue to protest until change occurs

Last week's game was suspended for more than 20 minutes as the officials debated how to move forward

Last week’s game was suspended for more than 20 minutes as the officials debated how to move forward

Vanziere, who has represented Belgium at the national level, previously played for Union SG

Vanziere, who has represented Belgium at the national level, previously played for Union SG

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