Toronto FC suspend supporter group privileges following incident in Ottawa

Toronto FC beat Ottawa Fury FC 1-0 in the first leg of their Canadian Championship semifinal on Wednesday night.

In the stands, things did not go as smoothly as some TFC supporters appeared to set off a flare that eventually led to the game having to stop briefly, with the fire making its way onto the field.

Because of the situation, Toronto issued a statement regarding these actions:

“The safety of our fans, employees and supporters is the highest priority for TFC. The events which took place in Ottawa last night involving TFC supporters were unacceptable and needlessly put the safety of others at risk. Due to the seriousness of this incident we are left with no choice but to suspend all recognized supporter group privileges indefinitely as we conduct a thorough review of TFC’s recognized supporter program. We are fully cooperating with the Ottawa Police Department as they investigate this incident and work to identify those responsible."

Toronto FC return to action on Saturday, when they will visit the Chicago Fire (7 pm ET; TSN — Full TV & streaming info). Their next home match is July 28 against the Fire.