HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Dynamo and the club’s Supporters Groups have joined together to take a stand against the use of an oft-used offensive chant the team announced on Thursday. The “cheer” they are standing against, which is used by a small segment of the fans during games, involves the usage of a Spanish term which is considered a derogatory slur.
Dynamo legend Brian Ching talked with the three Dynamo supporters groups – El Batallon, Texian Army and Brickwall Firm – to help stop the usage of the term and replace it with something that better represents Houston.
“This chant has no place in our stadium, our city or, frankly, our game,” Ching said. “Our Supporters Groups have worked with us over the last several years to stop its use among their members, and now we are joining together to ask all of our fans to stop using it.”
After working with the Dynamo organization to identify a solution, the Supporters will loudly yell “Ohhhh…HOUSTON!” every time a visiting team’s goalkeeper takes a goal kick. Fans throughout the stadium are encouraged to participate.
“We want our fans to be vocal and make life difficult on the visiting teams at BBVA Compass Stadium, but I want to be clear that vulgar and offensive language will not be tolerated by our club,” said Dynamo president Chris Canetti. “One of the greatest strengths of the Dynamo fan base is its diversity, and we take great pride as an organization in that. That type of language runs counter to our organizational values and we’re taking a stand against it.”
There will be a video played before Saturday night’s game against the Vancouver Whitecaps featuring players encouraging fans to use the “Ohhh…Houston!” chant on opposing goal kick. The players will also enter the field wearing “Don’t Cross The Line” shirts, which is an MLS campaign against vulgar and offensive language.
“The Texian Army has long had a history of diversity in its membership,” said James Hromadka, president of Texian Army. “The ‘Ohhhh…HOUSTON!’ chant is the best way to show passion on opposing goal kicks in a manner that does not divide the Houston Dynamo fan base.”
Guest services representatives throughout BBVA Compass Stadium will be handing out yellow warning cards to individuals who are heard using vulgar or offensive cheers. Repeated warnings will result in removal from the stadium. Fans in the stadium may anonymously report offensive language by texting “BBVA” and the issue to 69050.