STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC OWNERSHIP
A public statement from Seattle leadership following Sunday’s Western Conference Semifinals first leg in Vancouver
For Immediate Release: October 31, 2017
Contact: Alex Caulfield, 206-512-1225
SEATTLE, WASH. – On behalf of its Ownership Group, Seattle Sounders FC today issued the following statement on the heels of Sunday’s first leg of the 2017 MLS Western Conference Semifinals:
“Seattle Sounders FC is aware of the events that occurred within the club’s supporters’ section during the first leg of the 2017 Western Conference Semifinals at BC Place on Sunday evening, where two travelling supporters were ejected for holding a sign that read: ‘Anti-fascist, anti-racist, always Seattle.’ We would like to reassure our fans that both the league and our club believe strongly in inclusion and acceptance. Tolerance and inclusiveness are pillars of our society, and ideals we take seriously as an organization. At a human level, we believe these values to be non-political. Speaking up for equality is simply the right thing to do.”
/s/ Adrian Hanauer Joe Roth Paul Allen Drew Carey
10-31-17 Sounders FC Club Statement
12 September 2017
By Martin Buckley and Stephanie Steiner
“Seattle Sounders FC and Century Link Field are aware of fan-related ingress complaints over the last several matches. Both sides are working collectively to identify and address these concerns.” – Seattle Sounders FC and CenturyLink Field
“Democracy in Sports in action”
6 July 2017 – Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Sounders FC Alliance Council today announced an Alliance Wide Vote to ratify an updated Alliance Constitution – demonstrating once again a joint commitment with Seattle Sounders FC to fully embrace Democracy in Sports.
One major addition to the Alliance Constitution sets out the processes and procedures for an Alliance wide Vote of Confidence or a Recall Vote for the Sounders FC General Manager. Seattle Sounders fans have a unique role in US sports in being able to give a Vote of Confidence in their General Manager every four years.
“We are proud that every fan has had a voice through the Alliance since the very beginning of the club,” said Seattle Sounders FC Owner Adrian Hanauer, “The Alliance participation in a general manager vote is unique to the Seattle Sounders and represents Democracy in Sports in action.”
“Getting to this point is a milestone,” said Stephanie Steiner, Alliance Council President, “working with the club over many months to build this framework means that Sounders fans will be able to express their voice for many years ahead.”
Seattle Sounders FC season ticket holders are automatically members of the Alliance and can find more details on this vote at http://ssfcalliancecouncil.com/ratify17
The Seattle Sounders FC Alliance was established in 2008 to deliver on the promise of minority owner Drew Carey to involve fans in the decision-making process of the team. A key tenet of Democracy in Sports is The Alliance giving a voice to fans on matters that impact fan experience. The Alliance Council is the executive and decision making body for The Alliance, members are elected by fans themselves.
Stephanie Steiner – President, Seattle Sounders FC Alliance Council
Martin Buckley – Vice President, Seattle Sounders FC Alliance Council