Toronto FC picked up just their second win of the summer last night, but it is an off-field incident that has garnered the majority of headlines after the match. The club’s travelling supporters are in hot water after setting a fire in the away section of TD Place last night during a 1-0 Canadian Championship win over the Ottawa Fury.
Accidental or not, it is not the first such incident to take place with travelling Toronto FC supporters. Pyrotechnics caused similar issues in Montreal and Columbus over the past few seasons, and has seen sanctions levied against Toronto supporters.
It should have been put to a stop long ago, but last night might be the final straw. This continues to be a public embarrassment for the club and this sort of support hurts more than it helps.
Toronto FC have since suspended all supporters group privileges until they have investigated the incident. Here is the statement they released from Toronto FC president Bill Manning:
“The safety of our fans, employees and supporters is the highest priority for TFC. The events which took place in Ottawa last night involving TFC supporters were unacceptable and needlessly put the safety of others at risk. Due to the seriousness of this incident we are left with no choice but to suspend all recognized supporter group privileges indefinitely as we conduct a thorough review of TFC’s recognized supporter program. We are fully cooperating with the Ottawa Police Department as they investigate this incident and work to identify those responsible.”
The incident in Ottawa is heavily discussed on this week’s Footy Talks podcast, where Michael Leach of 680 News joins the show and talks about it at length. The Toronto FC discussion starts at 27:00.
The pair also break down last night’s win over Ottawa, and whether or not it could finally be something to build on for the club. They also discuss the transfer window, and how much longer a player like Jonathan Osorio might be with the club.
Also included in this podcast is a wrap up of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The boys talk about the final and what led to France earning their second star.
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