June 9, 2023

CF Montreal closes visitors section after brawl during match against Toronto FC

Things got hot at the Canadian Championship quarter final match between Toronto FC and CF Montreal this past Tuesday night. The French-Canadian team announced the closure of the visitor’s section ahead of their MLS season fixture at the Stade Saputo after a brawl between supporters.

The decision – bolstered no doubt – by various videos making the rounds in social media that showed a group of fans exchanging blows in the upper-level seats at BMO Field during Montreal’s 2–1 victory.

Even Toronto midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye found himself embroiled in the heated environment, having to be restrained by teammates after fans yelled abuse and even threw a megaphone in his direction as he walked away.

“The incidents that occurred on Tuesday night in Toronto are unfortunate and unacceptable. CF Montreal condemns all acts of violence, and an investigation is underway,” CF Montreal said in a statement. “The safety of our fans and supporter groups is of paramount importance to the Club. No violence of any kind is tolerated at Stade Saputo, nor at any other stadium to which our fans travel.

“… We are in discussion with Canada Soccer, Major League Soccer and Toronto FC to ensure that all future events take place in a safe and secure environment.”

Toronto FC released a statement indicating they were investigating the incident, adding the club’s zero-tolerance policy for violence.

“We are committed to ensuring BMO Field is a safe and welcoming environment for all. Further details and actions will be available once the investigations are complete,” the statement went on to say.

Toronto FC fans who already purchased tickets for Saturday’s match will receive a refund.