NEW ORLEANS (CBS Houston) – A New Orleans fan was asked to remove his American flag from the railing at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome during the game Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.
Donald Silcio is a season ticket holder. He brought the flag to the game because it was the NFL “Salute To Service” weekend.
Players and coaches wore special military-themed attire and there were presentations throughout the game.
Silcio was asked to remove his flag. Silcio asked for an explanation as to why but a security supervisor asked him to remove the flag.
“She said, ‘You can’t have anything hanging off the railing,’” Silcio told CBS Houston.
Silcio took to Facebook to demand an explanation.
“Today I was told by a Superdome Supervisor that I had to remove my American flag that I had draped over the side rail. She told me it was a NFL rule. I cannot believe that the NFL would not allow an American flag to be displayed especially during a “Salute to Service” weekend!” Silcio said on Facebook.
Other fans are showing support for his patriotism by posting on bigeasymafia.com, which is the official fan club of the New Orleans Saints.
He was hoping they would make an exception for the American flag, but the supervisor again asked him to remove it.
According to the Superdome website, banners may be allowed but must meet certain conditions and cannot present a safety hazard.
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome reserves the right to enforce removal of banners/signs/flags at any time.
Silcio says he was not violating any rules and would like an explanation from the NFL as to why he had to remove his American flag.
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