ORLANDO, FLORIDA - Orlando City fans got a bit rowdy on Sunday watching the Lions lose to Atlanta United...by throwing trash onto the field.
Plastic bottles and cups were tossed from the stands after Orlando City lost 2 to 1, bringing their six-game winning streak to an end. The soccer team hadn’t lost a game in nearly two months.
“There were a couple of calls that fans were unhappy with. They were unhappy with the officiating more than anything,” said Nick Gryniewicz with ESPN 580 AM.
Although the team considers their fans to be family, Orlando City coach Jason Kreis says things got out of control.
“We can’t be that. We can’t do that. We certainly want to be a very, very difficult place to play but we need to show the right amount of restraint at that moment to not be throwing things on the field. We just can’t do that.”
Orlando City SC released this statement on their website:
Orlando City SC does not support or condone the unacceptable actions taken by fans at Orlando City Stadium during Sunday’s match against Atlanta United. Fans are strictly prohibited from throwing debris or objects onto the field. The Club is using available resources to identify offenders, who will be penalized for their behavior in accordance with Major League Soccer and Orlando City Stadium regulations.
Orlando City SC takes great pride in the passion of its supporters and how they make Orlando City Stadium the most difficult venue to play at in MLS, but the safety of fans, players, officials and staff members is our top priority.
Gryniewicz says he’s not sure how the stadium will handle fans who throw trash but that it needs to stop.
“If you find them I think you ban them from the stadium. There are plenty of fans that can go to these games. It’s a bad look for Orlando. It’s a bad look for Orlando City.”
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