Because of pending litigation I’m not going to get into too much detail but it sounds like what most of you heard is true. The initial incident began with one Chicago fan taunting us with his scarf as he came up the section with another dude. One of our guys pulled at his scarf when he came by. There was a minor dust up at the end of my row (4 seats away). A Chicago dude did punch (or maybe elbow, I didn’t see it) our guy but no other punches were thrown so far as I could tell from about 10 feet away, and it was over in about 5 seconds. Our guy and his friend went down to check his injury. A few minutes later (perhaps 5 minutes) the stewards and cops came up and said they had the incident on CCTV. A few minutes after that they picked out people (almost like at random from many different rows and deeper into the section) and escorted them out. These were the most vocal supporters in 133 and none had anything to do with the brief skirmish. It had every characteristic of a sting. They knew who they wanted. A few guys weren’t easily recognized (since they don’t attend every home match) and were released. The guy who was hit and his buddy were already in handcuffs when the rest got outside. When asked why they were being detained the others were arrested but told nothing. We have very good reason to believe that the regular field officers in CPD didn’t want anyone locked up. They just planned on kicking people out. Some higher-ups in the CPD (apparently at the rank of Major) insisted arrests be made. We are told that this is based solely on some surveillance footage that the club gave the cops that hasn’t been released yet. This has every hallmark of an orchestrated event. At the first sign of trouble anywhere in 133 the guys deemed the worst were made an example of. The legal process will play out and I am confidence they will all be vindicated. No word on the impact this will have on the season tickets these guys have, but frankly, at this juncture it is a moot point. Nobody is interested in spending loads of money (these guys each have multiple tickets) on a club that doesn’t want them. Look, of course I understand not wanting violence, but this was very minor. No specific complaints were made that I am aware of – only general dislike for rowdiness and bad language. I don’t know what they expected when they allow away support to walk up and down the section like that, but in any case, this seemed more “ejection worthy” than “arrest worthy.” I think if away supporters partook in this type of behavior in the River End there would also be trouble. That’s not meant to offend any SoBs over there; it’s just a fact and a defense of my guys. They’re really no different than most everyone else. Anytime you put opposing football fans together like that things will get dicey and I know SoB wouldn’t stand for it either. The problem we have is we can’t have then removed.