The Ultras, a group of passionate Montreal CF fans, would have wreaked havoc as Montreal CF defeated Charlotte FC 2-1 at the Stade Saputo on Saturday.
According to a CF Montreal press release released on Sunday, the group of amateurs who retook possession of Section 132 for a game after an absence in September have committed some “illegal acts, including in particular the use of unauthorized pyrotechnic articles , endangering the health and safety of all those gathered”.
The Ultras were suspended by CF Montreal last season after being accused of multiple harmful behaviors in their section.
This group, which strongly opposes the change of CF Montreal’s identity and prefers the name “Montreal Impact” and the old logo that accompanies it, does not seem to appreciate the efforts of the Montreal organization, which recently unveiled a new logo. “International Failure” and “Local Rebranding” were also read on hand-made banners.
However, CF Montreal seems ready to have open talks with the Ultras.
“As a responsible organization, we are analyzing the situation to fully understand these incidents and continue to work with all fan groups to support and optimize the atmosphere in the stadium without a safe environment. Our priority remains the health and safety of everyone.”
While Montreal team management condemned the riots in Section 132, players reveled in the heated atmosphere at Stade Saputo during Saturday’s game.
‘It was fun’! The more there are [partisans], the more noise we hear and that motivates us. You are welcome,” announced the duel’s hero, Quebec’s Mathieu Choinière, after the encounter.
“It’s the kind of atmosphere that transports us to every game,” Romell Quioto said through an interpreter. The boys realized that the Ultras are there and that’s important to them. They are very happy to be back in the stadium.
Head coach Wilfried Nancy was unaware of the Ultras’ return until the first whistle, but said he heard them.
“There was noise. All the better if there is a chance for the fans to come back, everyone, whether it’s the ultras [ou] the 1642. For me they are the same (…) We need them.”
CF Montreal’s next game at Stade Saputo will not take place until July 9th. He, meanwhile, will travel to the American West to take on the Seattle Sounders and Los Angeles Galaxy.