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NFL executives listen to Chargers fans

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) - San Diego Charger fans told NFL representatives Wednesday they would not attend games in the Los Angeles area if the team moved.

Several longtime season ticket holders expressed their support for the team to remain in San Diego.

"You will rip a big part of me and San Diego if you take away the Chargers,'' season ticket holder Robert Lozano said.

Lozano said he grew up watching games in his slain father's Chargers jersey.

Several fans of other teams also voiced their support of the Chargers remaining in San Diego.

Andrew Hogan, founder of Bring Back the Los Angeles Rams, said "We know the pain of losing a team and don't wish it on our friends in San Diego.''

Hogan echoed many fans in attendance, saying there is no appetite for the San Diego Chargers.

The league representatives at the meeting said they were aware of an effort to build a new stadium in downtown San Diego, in connection with a new convention center, but a decision on its fate will come from city officials and the Chargers.

The forum got off to a rocky start when Mark Fabiani, the team's special counsel, drew boos from fans.

Fabiani blamed city politics for the possibility of the team moving.

"We've tried everything we can think of,'' Fabiani told the audience, estimated to be between 350 and 400.

"The failure to come up with a solution in San Diego has nothing to do with the Chargers fans. It's incredibly unfair that the Charger fans are bearing the brunt of decisions made by San Diego politicians.''

Councilman Scott Sherman rebutted Fabiani's claim.

"His entire argument is to convince you the city can't get its act together,'' Sherman said. "I'm here to say that's the furthest thing from the truth.''

Sherman accused Fabiani of being negative throughout his 14-year association with the team, trying to get it a new stadium.

Sherman told the audience he met with Fabiani about two years ago to discuss building a new stadium adjacent to Qualcomm Stadium.

The Chargers have been asking for a replacement for aging Qualcomm Stadium for around 15 years. With momentum growing for the league to return to Los Angeles, Chargers executives have acquired property in Carson on which they could build a stadium -- possibly in conjunction with the Oakland Raiders.

The gathering is the second of three being held by the NFL in cities in danger of losing their team to the Los Angeles area. The first meeting was held Tuesday in St. Louis, and the other will take place in Oakland Thursday.

League officials said the purpose of the hearings is to provide an opportunity for fans and others in the community to ask questions and express their views directly to the NFL before decisions are made about potential relocation of one or more teams from a current market.

NFL team owners are expected to decide early next year which franchises, if any, move to Los Angeles, which has not had an NFL team since 1994.



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