Montreal Impact, MLS open legal proceedings over threats to Davy Arnaud

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The Montreal Impact released a statement Wednesday concerning threats made towards Impact midfielder Davy Arnaud on social media following the team's 4-3 loss to the Colorado Rapids on June 29:

"The Montreal Impact and Major League Soccer announced on Wednesday that an official complaint was made to Montreal police last week, following profanity-laden threats made towards one of the first team's players on social media. The Service à la communauté Région Sud, du Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) has opened an investigation and the individual in question will be interviewed by police.

The Impact is taking this incident very seriously and will not accept threats of any kind made by individuals in regards to its players, coaches or administrative staff, in order to ensure their safety."

The tweet was posted not long after the loss, in which Arnaud was dispossessed in the Colorado half, starting the sequence that led to a Rapids winner deep into injury time. Although the offending tweet has since been deleted, part of it remains in Arnaud's response:

The 33-year-old midfielder immediately owned up to the mistake in his postgame remarks, admitting, “On the last goal, I made a bad decision. I was trying to come inside and make a play. It was the wrong decision. I got caught. It cost us the last goal. I take full responsibility for that.”

Arnaud was making his first appearance for the Impact first team – having come on as a second half substitute – since suffering a concussion in Montreal's Amway Canadian Championship game against Toronto FC on May 1.