Wonderwall, and their Affiliated Supporters Groups, will display a Tifo inside Allianz Field, reading "BLACK LIVES MATTER."
The Wonderwall Tifo Committee is taking this opportunity to reinforce the mission statement of Wonderwall, specifically, "[to] serve and build communities and create a welcoming, inclusive culture around the sport in Minnesota."
Wonderwall is looking forward to working alongside Minnesota United as we continue to work to affect positive change in the community directly surrounding Allianz Field, and the greater Minneapolis / St. Paul metro; while taking a stand against systemic racism which has so deeply fractured these communities.
Wonderwall is a parent organization dedicated to enabling, empowering and accelerating Minnesota United FC's (MNUFC's) Supporters Groups. These Supporters Groups (SGs) can be found on the sound endline of Allianz Field standing, singing and bringing an intense matchday atmosphere for 90+ minutes at every home match.
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Wonderwall Mission Statement:
The Mission of Wonderwall is to support professional soccer, serve and build communities and create a welcoming, inclusive culture around the sport in Minnesota.
Wonderwall, and their affiliated supporters groups, are as dedicated to community service outside the stadium as they are about passionately cheering on MNUFC. Click here to visit our Community Engagement page, and get involved with one of these fantastic groups .
On Thursday, September 12, Wonderwall members and front office personnel for Minnesota United held a meeting about the team’s enforcement of the Major League Soccer (MLS) Fan Code of Conduct specifically seeking clarification on MLS’ ban on political language and behavior; and ensuring that a clear, effective and open channel of communication remains in place between the organization and its independent supporters.
During this meeting, the team clarified that MLS has banned Iron Front displays and large format images (flags, banners, tifo) and the ban does not extend to personal clothing or insignia, as initially understood. MNUFC will not prohibit or enforce the removal of Iron Front symbolism from individuals' clothing, in accordance with the rest of MLS Clubs.
Wonderwall will always support the rights of our affiliated supporters groups and individuals to express themselves freely on topics that they deem to be important. This includes the strenuous opposition to MLS' ban on the Iron Front symbol and their definition of political language which is supported by all affiliated SGs. We look forward to progress being made between Major League Soccer and the Independent Supporters Council during their discussions on September 19, 2019.
With the team back at Allianz Field this weekend, Wonderwall would like to remind everyone that threatening or abusive behavior of any kind will not be tolerated.
On Sept 9, we were informed by MNUFC officials about a unilateral, heavy-handed, ban of the iron front symbol from Allianz Field, the ban includes not only flags and banners but clothing and patches worn by individuals. We've reached out to representatives of the Front Office requesting a meeting for clarification, but at this time we have received no response. Wonderwall strongly believes in the rights of our individual members to express themselves and their beliefs. It is the passion of the individuals that collectively creates the passion for the team, which the team is more than happy to market and monetize.
Long before Minnesota United or MLS came on the scene, Minnesota soccer supporters advocated for a full-throated embrace of anti bigotry. This campaign continues today and should MNUFC and MLS continue their attempts to stifle it, supporters will be silent in the stands. With that in mind we call on Minnesota United, and for that matter Major League Soccer, to rescind the banning of the Iron Front symbolism, and embrace the right of individual expression within Allianz, or to immediately terminate the use of our supporters groups, images of our section, videos of us cheering on the team in promotional materials. Our members are more than just marketing material.
Update, the evening of Sept 10, front office officials have reached out to schedule a meeting to discuss this. Our organization will make sure our voices are heard and the message will be clear, we will continue to advocate for our Supporters Groups and our members to express themselves as they've done long before the team was Minnesota United and the league was MLS
MNUFC has been linked with transfer target Agustín Rossi, here is our official statement on that.
Wonderwall stands for an inclusive, dynamic environment for fans to support Minnesota United FC. We're passionate about our support for the club that we love and the communities in which we operate. Recently, MNUFC has been linked with Agustin Rossi, who has had domestic violence allegations levied against him by a former partner. We urge MNUFC to reconsider this potential transfer as this behavior is unacceptable and is not welcome in our community.
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