Toronto FC bans supporters group following Ottawa stadium fire

Aug 23 2018, 4:48 pm

It’s game over for Toronto FC’s Inebriatti supporters group.

After using prohibited pyrotechnics that lit a section of TD Place Stadium in Ottawa on fire during an away game in July, Toronto FC has announced that they’ve stripped Inebriatti’s status as an official supporters group.

The news comes just over a month after Toronto indefinitely suspended all supporters groups while the club worked with the Ottawa Police Department to investigate the incident and identify those responsible.

Inebriatti initially denied involvement in the fire, posting on Facebook that they had no part in July 18th’s flares or explosion.

Three days later the group claimed full responsibility for what they described as an unacceptable, but “unplanned and accidental” occurrence.

“We have communicated to the team that our behaviour has not been good enough,” the group said at the time. “Incidents that distract from gameplay are not acceptable and will no longer be tolerated.”

Inebriatti, who describe themselves on their Facebook page as a “brotherhood of reprobates, misfits and lunatics,” has had prior code of conduct violations according to TFC.

Toronto FC stated that several individual members involved have received indefinite bans from BMO Field and MLSE properties. All others in the group are prohibited from the south end supporters section of BMO Field until they have successfully completed the online MLS Fan Conduct Education Class at their own expense.

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