CF Montreal announced Wednesday that its visitors’ section at Stade Saputo will be closed for Saturday’s match against Toronto FC following a fight between the teams’ supporters in Toronto on Tuesday night.
Videos circulating on social media showed a small group of supporters exchanging punches in the upper-level seats at BMO Field during Montreal’s 2-1 win in the Canadian Championship quarterfinals.
Another video shows Toronto midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye being restrained by teammates “from going after fans yelling abuse,” per the Toronto Star. One fan threw a megaphone in the direction of the departing Kaye.
The teams meet again in an MLS match in Montreal on Saturday, but the visiting supporters’ section will be off limits. Toronto fans who purchased tickets in that section will receive a refund.
“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.”
In its own statement, Toronto FC said they were “actively investigating the incidents” that took place during the game.
“Toronto and MLSE have a zero-tolerance policy for violence, and we continue to prioritize the safety of our fans, players and staff,” the statement continued. “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.”
Montreal closing visitors’ section after Toronto fan brawl