Advertisement

Toronto FC apologizes to Montreal Impact fans over ‘sexist’ banner

Montreal impact fans upset over sexist banner at MLS game held in Toronto. Saturday, Aug. 28, 2016.
Montreal impact fans upset over sexist banner at MLS game held in Toronto. Saturday, Aug. 28, 2016. Courtesy Twitter user @blackbetty07

Toronto FC has issued a public apology to the City of Montreal and Impact soccer fans after a ‘sexist’ banner was raised in the crowd during Saturday night’s match at BMO Field.

The image on the banner, which was heavily criticized on social media, depicted a woman wearing blue underwear on her knees appearing to perform a sexual act in front of a man in red colours.

“It was an embarrassment to our club and to our supporters and will not be tolerated,” Toronto FC tweeted on Monday. “We sincerely apologize to the Montreal Impact, the City of Montreal and all fans for this disgraceful act.”

The club called the display an insult and have launched an investigation to identify those responsible.

“We are currently investigating through all the available security and social media footage and strongly encourage fans with any information to assist us in identifying those involved so that they can be held responsible,” Toronto FC said in the statement.

Story continues below advertisement

The match between the two bitter rivals ended with TFC losing 1-0 to Montreal.