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MLS investigating Crew-Revolution incident

Posted by Frank Dell'Apa, Globe Staff  May 28, 2008 07:09 PM

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The MLS is considering disciplinary action regarding spectator problems during the Revolution's win at Columbus Saturday. “We are investigating reports of incidents from the May 24 match between the Columbus Crew and New England Revolution and will take appropriate action based on our findings," MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a league-issued statement.

A video recorded objects being thrown and racial epithets being shouted at Revolution players after Kheli Dube scored in the 89th minute. "We are deferring to MLS and its investigation of the matter," the Revolution stated in a news release.

A section of Crew Stadium near the corner flag opposite the Crew bench has become a focal point of controversy after the fervent fan groups were relocated there this season to make room for stage setup behind the goal. Spectators in the section showered Revolution midfielder Steve Ralston with streamers and other objects, including beer and smoke bombs, on corner kicks during the Revolution's 1-0 win over the Crew Saturday.

The relocation of the supporter groups has enable and encouraged exceptionally rowdy behavior.

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