July 23, 2007

Reason # 28463 Montreal Should Have Hosted the U-20 Final

Our police do not pepper spray and taser a group of unarmed teenagers…

A capacity filled 20 000 fans witnessed a great game yesterday between Argentina and the Czech Republic. Some scratched their heads when they first learned that a 20 000 seat stadium would host the final when the Big O has regularly hosted up to 40 000 spectators for the games played in Montreal. There are many other factors which make Montreal the international city that it is, and after the semi-final a few days ago, the Toronto police force effectively pepper sprayed the good image that Canada had portrayed during the FIFA event.

A week after Canada’s Prime Minister visited Chile for the first time in decades to celebrate the relationship between the two countries, the Toronto police show the Chileans some very un-Canadian hospitality.

When we host a tournament of this magnitude, the police are supposed to protect the players, not attack them. If an Argentinian fan provoked a Chilean player, get the fan out of the way and case closed.

Will Vancouver police taser athletes in 2010 if they get into a dispute with a fan?

Toronto will likely not host a major international sporting event for a long time. By defending the moronic actions of their police force, they have proven they are unable to provide the security necessary for the athletes to feel completely safe.

Hopefully, this indiscretion will not punish the other Canadian cities vying to host international sporting events.

Thanks Toronto!

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14 Commentaires:

Blogger Steve V a dit...

Antonio

This is just a bash piece, using Chilean brats to do your bidding. How SMALL of you.

7/23/2007 3:47 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

instead of calling me names...

just look at the facts

When a country hosts an international sporting event, they need to protect the players, not attack them.

The police screwed up, but nobody will ever own up to it. It is an embarassment

7/23/2007 4:48 PM  
Blogger Lord Kitchener's Own a dit...

Yeah, I've got to say if this is how U-20 players act when representing their country, Montreal can have them.

Just look at the facts. When a country hosts an international sporting event and a group of guest athletes attack police officers we ought to arrest them and actually indict them for their crime. That we let them just leave is just as much as an embarassment as the police not just taking the attack in stride. "Protecting the players" stops right about the time they start breaking our laws and fighting with out police.

7/23/2007 4:52 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

Ok then, if any athletes get a little rowdy in 3 years, we'll send the Toronto PD over to taser em...that will go over well

7/23/2007 4:56 PM  
Blogger Kyle G. Olsen a dit...

Does the Big-O have real grass? That could be the main factor in location.

7/23/2007 5:09 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

they did for the tournament

7/23/2007 5:14 PM  
Blogger KC a dit...

Im all for pepperspraying soccer players for any reason whatsoever.

But seriously, seems to me that pepper spray is the proper response to folks who get a "little rowdy" whether they are soccer players, representatives of a foreign country or whoever. "Screwing up" as you call it, would have happened if the cops had used their batons, tasers or guns. Pepper spray seems pretty reasonable.

Then again... I dont know all the facts. But neither do you.

7/23/2007 5:18 PM  
Blogger Red Canuck a dit...

You can't be serious.

just look at the facts

And what facts are these, exactly? The shrieking ravings of a bunch of notoriously ill-mannered and violent Chilean soccer players, their coaches, their fans, and their politicians? Blurry 5 second cellphone cam clips?

No one knows all the facts, least of all you. On the surface of it, using pepper spray on a group of riotous sore losers seems an appropriate response to prevent the types of tragedies we have witnessed in European stadiums over the years.

When a country hosts an international sporting event, they need to protect the players, not attack them.

The role of police is to protect violent players brawling as a response to losing a soccer game? Imagine the nerve of the Toronto police infringing on the right of bratty soccer players to act like hooligans!

You're a big fan of Montreal, and you despise Toronto. We get it. But at least try to have a little integrity.

7/23/2007 5:40 PM  
Blogger Steve V a dit...

Actually Antonio, it is your tone that is the equivalent to name calling. I'm just commenting on your bias against Toronto, which is clear, given you superficial read of the situation. Do yourself a favor, and actually read the facts, in sequence, before spouting off. This is a bash piece, and you sound very tribal in your commentary. You have your opinion, I have mine :)

7/23/2007 6:18 PM  
Blogger Steve V a dit...

BTW, Montreal did a great job, with an amazing turnout. Kudos.

7/23/2007 6:19 PM  
Blogger knb a dit...

I think Antonio is having us on. Anyone who read the facts (what we know so far) would know what he's arguing makes no sense.

Those poor, poor Chilean players. Ha!

Why do you hate Toronto so much btw? (It's a rhetorical question of course, :)

7/23/2007 6:36 PM  
Blogger mezba a dit...

Toronto got the final just by virtue of being the city with the most soccer federations and associations, I think?

7/23/2007 9:10 PM  
Blogger Scott Tribe a dit...

I think we should wait for the investigation's conclusions before we indict either the Chileans or the Toronto police. I predict you'll find that both were maybe at fault here.

7/24/2007 2:51 PM  
Blogger Ted a dit...

And so... in light of the conclusion of the investigation, of the apology by FIFA and the Chilean national team, what say ye now?

I say thank the maker PQ didn't host it. They'd have sent the SQ in, disguised as fat, stupid football players (you know, under cover like) to rouse some rabbles.

You screwed up, Antonio old man, but jumping to conclusions before the facts were known. It's called shooting from the lip.

9/15/2007 10:44 AM  

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