There are violent fascists who have been making themselves at home in the NYCFC supporters section since 2015. While in the past some have been unaware of their existence or have tried to downplay their involvement, recent events have brought the threat their presence poses into sharp focus once again, and it is time for NYCFC fans to take a stand to organize and remove them from the stadium for good.
- NYCFC Supporters Who Participated in the Proud Boys Gang Assault on October 12th
- NYCFC’s Far-Right Supporters Have a History of Violence
- Fascist and Far-Right NYCFC Supporters Groups
- Far-Right and Nationalist Skinhead Gangs Affiliated with NYCFC Supporters
- Additional Batallon 49 and 211 Bootboys Affiliates who Support NYCFC
- NYCFC Supporters Associate With Violent Alt-Right Groups
- Demand Violent Fascists Be Removed From NYCFC Supporters Sections
On Friday, October 12th, the NYC Metropolitan Republican Club hosted far-right instigator and founder of the Proud Boys, Gavin McInnes. The Proud Boys are a nationalist, misogynist, transphobic and islamophobic hate group, who attacked counter protesters after the event in a vicious 30 on 3 gang beating. Video of the event shows Proud Boys shouting “Faggot!” and “You’re dead, motherfucker!” while encircling people who’ve been knocked to the ground, and punching and kicking them. One bragged afterwards about repeatedly smashing a victims head into the pavement.
Here’s video of the Proud Boy mob assault from tonight up close pic.twitter.com/frW09dcDHn
— Adam (@leftkist) 13 October 2018
After the assault, the attackers posed for a group photo. Among those present, were several NYCFC supporters and members of self-styled hooligan supporters groups: the Empire State Ultras and the River Ave Casuals. Irvin “Uno” Antillon, Dennis “Fed Up” Davila, and Joseph “Bola” Dellapina were identified in the photo.
Irvin “Uno” Antillon is a member of the far-right & nationalist Latino Skinhead gang Batallon 49 and an affiliate the NYC street gang 211 Bootboys. He is also assumed to be the leader of the NYCFC supporters group River Ave Casuals (aka RAC, or Rock Against Communism) and is frequently seen in NYCFC match day photos both at home and away. Irvin can be seen on video from the October 12th event kicking people on the ground. Irvin also attended the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.
Dennis “Fed Up” Davila runs the far-right and white power record label United Riot Records, an organizer of NYC’s neo-nazi Oi Fest, and is a member of the 211 Bootboys. Dennis is a NYCFC supporter who has been documented attending matches at Yankee Stadium and is featured prominently in photos with River Ave Casuals. He is alleged to have been involved in homophobic violence, including the beating of a gay man with a hammer.
Joe “Bola” Dellapina is a neo-nazi skinhead and affiliate of the 211 Bootboys, who moved from Atlanta to NYC two years ago, and can be seen posing in past photos with Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes. In both photos he’s seen wearing a United Riot Records shirt.
Irvin, Dennis and Joe are part of the far-right and nationalist skinhead street gangs 211 & B49, as well as NYCFC supporters groups Empire State Ultras & River Ave Casuals, and have a history of being involved in both political and soccer related violence, including an ESU fight with RBNY fans in 2015 at Bello’s, an ESU fight with NY Cosmos fans in 2016, and a 211 Bootboys attack on two men at a bar in lower manhattan in 2017.
Empire State Ultras are a self-styled hooligans group that supports NYCFC and began in 2015. Members of ESU include violent B49 members Irvin Antillon, Dani Cano and Nico Lopez, 211 Bootboys affiliate Lee “Vill” Rocco, as well as members of the far-right and nationalist Polish skinhead scene in NYC. Their stickers, tifos and social media posts occasionally feature fascist imagery, and appear to have connections to nationalist groups and football supporters in Russia and Eastern Europe. Its not known if this group is still considered to be active, or if their membership has been absorbed into the River Ave Casuals.
River Ave Casuals are an NYCFC supporters group started by Batallon 49 member Irvin Antillon sometime in 2017. 211 Bootboy associates Dennis DeVilla, Freddy C, Joe Bola, and Marcelo, as well as Batallon 49 members frequently appear in their social media posts.
Batallon 49 are a Latino Nationalist skinhead group that was founded in NYC in 1997, and whose members have been involved in homophobic and politically motivated violence in NYC, New Jersey, Ecuador, and Colombia.
211 Bootboys are a neo-nazi skinhead gang with close ties to Dennis DeVilla and his hate music label, United Riot Records. Members and associates of 211 are affiliated with NYC-area white power bands like Oxblood, Combate 49, Offensive Weapon, and Lonewolf.
Dani Cano is an original member of Batallon 49 who has a history of violence, and has attended NYCFC matches with members of the River Ave Casuals.
Nico Lopez is a member of Batallon 49 and affiliated with 211 Bootboys. He was involved in the attack on two men at Clockwork bar, and has a history of violence and threatening behavior.
William aka “Willie” is one of the original members of Batallon 49 and has an extensive history of violence in both the NYC area and in Colombia.
Lee “Vill” Rocco is the singer of the white power band Offensive Weapon, an associate of 211 Bootboys, and has a history of violent behavior in the NYC area, and has been involved with ESU from 2015 through 2018.
Marcelo is a member of both River Ave Casuals and 211 Bootboys.
Freddy C is a member of River Ave Casuals and associates with 211 Bootboys.
Members of the Empire State Ultras and River Ave Casuals, particularly Dennis DaVila, Irvin Antillon, Nico Lopez and Joe Bola, have made ties with members of local of alt-right groups which have engaged in politically motivated violence around New York City, including the Proud Boys, NATA, Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights, and other affiliated groups.
211 Bootboys Clockwork Beating on Feb 11, 2017: After seven members of the 211 Bootboys beat two men outside Clockwork bar, Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes backed the gang online and posted a tweet outing the victims.
Alt-Right May Day Counter Protest on May 1, 2017: Irvin Antillon and Nico Lopez attended the Alt-Right counter protests of the leftist International Workers Day on May 1st, along side NATA, and NYC Proud Boys, who attacked May Day attendees.
Anti-Sharia Protest on May 25, 2017: Joe Bola and Irvin attend an Alt-Right “Anti-Sharia” protest of Linda Sarsour at CUNY on May 25, 2017, which was organized in part by Gavin McInnes, and attended by violent alt-right figures Kyle “Based Stickman” Chapman, Tiny Toese, and Aaron “The Racist Lawyer” Schlossberg.
The presence of violent neo-nazis in NYCFC supporters sections has been well documented as far back as their inaugural 2015 season, and every season since then. Fans have been debating since 2015 what to do about groups like Batallon 49 and 211 Bootboys in their section, but B49 members have been documented travelling for away matches as recently as Oct 22, 2018. Its time for NYCFC fans to take action and organize with supporters groups to demand that these individuals and groups be banned from NYCFC supporters groups, and excluded from participating in NYCFC supporters culture. Spread the word, start your own networks to protect your supporters section, and contact leadership now. For a nazi-free NYCFC.
- Antiracist Soccer NYC
- Far-right skinheads join Proud Boys in assaulting protesters in New York City following Gavin McInnes event, via SPLC
- Proud Boys Attack Protesters Outside Metropolitan Republican Club, via Archive.today
- Skinhead ‘Irv’ among five charged in Proud Boys’ New York City assault, via SPLC
- New Proud Boys Arrests Highlight Far-Right Gang’s Ties To Fascist Groups, via Huffpost
- Pro-Trump Gang Seen In Footage Assaulting Anti-Fascist Protesters In Manhattan, via Huffpost