Post-brawl, CF Montreal makes unprecedented move

Eva Homicio

Following a brawl that erupted during a Canadian Championship game between Toronto FC and CF Montreal, CF Montreal has taken a decisive measure to ensure the safety of its supporters. The incident occurred at BMO Field in Toronto and was caught on video, prompting widespread attention and concern. 

In response to the unfortunate and unacceptable event, CF Montreal announced it would close the visitor's fan section at the Saputo Stadium for the upcoming match against Toronto FC on Saturday.

CF Montreal, in its official statement, condemned all acts of violence, emphasizing that the safety of their fans and supporter groups is a top priority. The club affirmed its zero-tolerance stance towards any form of violence, whether at Saputo Stadium or at any other venue where their fans travel. 

As a result of this incident, an investigation has been launched to examine the circumstances surrounding the brawl.

In order to prevent such incidents in the future and ensure all events take place in a safe and secure environment, CF Montreal is in active discussions with Canada Soccer, Major League Soccer, and Toronto FC. As part of this effort, Toronto FC fans who purchased tickets for the upcoming game will be refunded.

Toronto FC is also taking the incident seriously, with a spokesperson highlighting the club's zero-tolerance policy towards violence. The club is currently investigating the incident and remains committed to ensuring BMO Field is a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, including fans, players, and staff. 

The spokesperson also noted that more details regarding future actions will be disclosed once the investigations are complete.

The match scheduled for Saturday is part of the Major League Soccer season, not the Canadian Championships. Unless a playoff matchup occurs, Saturday's game will be the only time Toronto FC visits Montreal this season. 

This situation underscores the importance of maintaining a safe and inclusive environment at sports events, a responsibility shared by all clubs and their supporters.

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