Triangle Soccer Fanatics (TSF), an independent supporters club of the Carolina RailHawks representing the largest block of the team’s season ticket purchasers, announced today it has ended its #TrafficOut protest campaign against Traffic Sports USA and enthusiastically endorses Steve Malik as the new owner of the Carolina RailHawks of the North American Soccer League (NASL).
TSF launched its denouncement of the then-owner of the Carolina RailHawks on May 27, 2015 when Aaron Davidson was indicted and Traffic Sports implicated in the ongoing FIFA corruption scandal. The club’s 5-month long protest included in-stadium demonstrations, distribution of handbills to inform RailHawks fans of the situation, a call upon the League to strip Traffic Sports of its franchise and take league ownership of the team, and interviews with both local and national media to bring awareness to the issue.
“With the announcement today that Raleigh resident Steve Malik has acquired full interest in the Carolina RailHawks from Traffic Sports USA, we are finally able to close the books on one of the darkest chapters in our team’s 10 year history,” said Jarrett Campbell, President of Triangle Soccer Fanatics.
“When we launched our protest, we wanted to create awareness in the local community for the need for team ownership that was free of scandal, had a long-term vision for professional soccer in the Raleigh-Durham area, and was willing to engage and invest in our local community to achieve that vision. Based on our initial meetings with Mr. Malik, an entrepreneur who has a track record of launching successful enterprises and community engagement, we are confident that the Triangle-area has found an owner who can take professional soccer here to the next level. We look forward to collaborating with Steve and his staff to support his vision for the future of the Carolina RailHawks.”