May 27, 2015 – The Independent Supporters Council of North America wishes to voice our support of the Triangle Soccer Fanatics call for local ownership of the Carolina Railhawks. Following the indictments of Traffic Sports Aaron Davidson and the admission of guilt by José Hawilla in the latest FIFA scandal the leadership of the ISC and our member organizations believe that local ownership is always the best policy. For convenience we have copied the Triangle Soccer Fanatics statement below and urge everyone to read it.
May 27, 2015 (Cary, NC) — This morning in federal court in Brooklyn, NY, a 47-count indictment was unsealed in relation to the ongoing Department of Justice’s investigation into corruption in FIFA, the governing body of international soccer. Named in those indictments was Aaron Davidson, President of Traffic Sports USA, the Miami-based division of Traffic Sports International, a Brazil-based company. Traffic Sports USA is the majority-share owner of the Carolina RailHawks Football Club, which plays here in the Raleigh-Durham area. Also unsealed this morning were guilty pleas by the José Hawilla, the owner and founder of the Traffic Group, and by both Traffic Sports and Traffic Sports USA to wire fraud conspiracy.
Triangle Soccer Fanatics (TSF), a supporters club of the Carolina RailHawks, has frequently voiced its desire for local, Triangle-area based ownership of our soccer team, and in February of this year passed a resolution, endorsed by our members, to both publicly and privately advocate for a local ownership stake in Carolina RailHawks Football Club. These indictments and guilty pleas serve to strengthen our case for local ownership, and we call on Traffic Sports to redouble their efforts to separate our football club from their organization tarnished by these charges which Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch calls “rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted both abroad and here in the United States.”
“We support the players, coaches, and administrative staff of the Carolina RailHawks Football Club. As we see them work tirelessly, on and off the field, with minimal budget and resources, to grow the game of soccer here locally and entertain their fans, it angers us to learn of these corruption charges and admission of guilt within our very ownership group,” said Jarrett Campbell, President of Triangle Soccer Fanatics.
The members of Triangle Soccer Fanatics cannot condone the behavior of the Traffic Group, or its subsidiaries, and now, more than ever, call for the local ownership of Carolina RailHawks Football Club.