Bomber flag-waver protests confiscation

PAUL TURENNE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:30 AM ET

As if watching his beloved Winnipeg Blue Bombers lose to Edmonton last Friday wasn't painful enough, Doug Pomanski had to do it without his trademark flag, as did more than two dozen other habitual flag-wavers.

Pomanski, a season-ticket holder since 2001, said security snatched up every flag at last week's game, either as people were entering the stadium or shortly thereafter, and didn't give them back until the game was over and there was no longer an opportunity to cheer.

"When the Bombers scored, I looked around and not one person had a flag. We're sitting there thinking 'OK, this sucks,' " said Pomanski. "We're on national TV and fans in other cities must have been thinking 'What's wrong with Winnipeg? Their fans are lame.' "

Pomanski, who guessed there are usually about 30 flag-wavers at any given home game, said he walked into the stadium with his flag Friday just like he'd done every game for the past six years.

'UNACCEPTABLE'

When he got to his lower east-side seat, another habitual flag-waver behind him told him he'd had his flag seized at the door.

Minutes later, two security guards came and confiscated Pomanski's as well.

"They said it had to do with an incident involving a flag at a previous game," said Pomanski. "But to penalize or punish every person who brings a flag to the game is absolutely unacceptable."

The Blue Bombers were unable to confirm or explain the flag ban yesterday, as a team spokesperson was un-available for comment.

Pomanski is hoping to wave his flag again at the next home game, but has yet to get any more information from the Bomber office.

"The reason we have these flags is we're very proud of our team and we want to show other cities we support our team," he said. "I want to encourage other fans to call the office as well and let them know we want to fly our flags again."


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