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Published August 19, 2011
GIVEN A RED CARD: Sporting KC Exec VP/Operations Chris Wyche Thursday said that four fans "were removed" from Livestrong Sporting Park Wednesday night after Sporting KC G Jimmy Nielsen was "struck in the face by the piece of a bobblehead doll thrown from the stands." Wyche said that the club "used its high-resolution cameras to identify two men, both wearing Sporting KC gear, who threw objects onto the field." The team is scheduled to have one more bobblehead night this season -- on Sept. 28 -- and Sporting KC VP/Communications Rob Thomson said that "no decision has been made on whether the club will change the distribution of the bobbleheads or cancel the promotion altogether." Club officials "will meet -- likely this week -- to discuss the matter" (K.C. STAR, 8/19).
IN ORDER TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION: GOAL.com's Christopher Savino reported "more than two hundred members of Philadelphia Union supporters group Sons of Ben were at PPL Park on Wednesday evening for the first annual Supporters Summit hosted by the club." MLS Commissioner Don Garber attended the meeting, joined by Philly Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz, coach Peter Nowak, F Sebastien Le Toux and G Faryd Mondragon. In light of "several recent events," Sakiewicz "discussed the sale of supporters section tickets on sites such as StubHub who are not able to control who those tickets are ultimately sold to." He said, "We cannot prevent it. ... What we can do though is we can police our stands for people who do purchase those tickets on StubHub and make the owner of those tickets, the season ticket holder, responsible for that. A good example of that was the Colorado game where we had a fight that broke out that was started by some people that bought the tickets" (GOAL.com, 8/18).