Major League Soccer team, Real Salt Lake has confirmed that they have banned the Besty Ross US flag citing that the flag has become a “symbol for hate groups”. According to Breitbart, A Utah couple, who were in attendance at a Real Salt Lake game said they were told by stadium officials to put away their Betsy Ross flag because the original flag of the American Revolution is a “symbol for hate groups.”
The couple went to Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah waving their Flag, but stadium personnel soon approached them and demanded that they hide their early version of the Stars and Stripes or be banned from the stadium. The league admitted to Fox News that any “controversial” banners are banned from MLS stadiums.
Real Salt Lake Chief Business Officer Andy Carroll told Fox News:
“Recently, and very controversially as well as surprising to us, the Colonial flag has been adopted as a symbol for hate groups,”
“Any controversial flags or other similar banners or signs with symbols of hatred, divisiveness and/or intolerance whether intentional or otherwise will not be permitted in our stadiums. Period.”
The flag came under fire a couple months ago when former NFL quarterback and national anthem protestor Colin Kaepernick stopped Nike from releasing the Besty Ross 4th of July style shoes on the grounds that the flag ties to ‘racism & slavery’. MLS have also banned other flags such as flags that support ANTIFA, however, fans are still allowed to bring LGBT rainbow flags to the game.