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Panthers to review banner and flag policy following incident with Newton, Packers fan

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers are reviewing their policy on banners and flags supporting opposing teams at Bank of America Stadium, according to Executive Director of Stadium Operations Scott Paul.

In a Q&A on the Panthers’ official website, Paul answered the question, “What prompted a review of the current policy?” by saying, “A banner supporting the visiting team was pulled down and damaged before Sunday’s game. We want to make sure our policy is clear and serves the best interests of our organization.”

Paul was referring to an incident in which quarterback Cam Newton tore down a Green Bay Packers fan’s banner on Sunday. The team said they will replace the man’s banner.

Paul said, “The banner was in compliance, with the understanding that no banners or flags expressing support of visiting teams may be affixed to or displayed on any surface.”

Of the current policy, Paul said, “We are reviewing our policy. We’d rather not see opposing signage in our stadium, but when this policy was developed it was consistent with the vast majority of NFL stadiums.”

The review will be finished “in a timely manner,” Paul said.