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Ultras Montreal Protest

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Uploaded on Jun 22, 2009

On June 18, 2009, the Montreal Impact hosted our chief rival Toronto FC in a Voyageurs Cup game at Stade Saputo in Montreal. The winner of this tournament becomes the Canadian champion and plays in the North American Champions League. The Impact had won the Voyageurs Cup all 7 times since the tournament had started. Last year was the first year that the winner represented Canada and the Impact played very strongly, advancing to the quarter finals before being elimated by the Mexican team, Santos Laguna.

This year the Impact did not play well in the Voyageurs Cup and were eliminated before the final game. Vancouver would win the tournament unless TFC beat Montreal by a 4 goal margin. Despite playing our chief rival at home and having a strong chance of eliminating them from the competition, the Montreal coach decided to play a poor lineup consisting of many substitute and reserve team players and save the starters for a USL league game 2 days later. The result was a disgraceful 6-1 defeat at home, gifting our rivals the Voyageurs Cup which rightfully should have gone to Vancouver.

To protest this shameful act which disgraced the image and honour of our team, Ultras Montreal decided to watch the first half of the following league game, ironically against the same Vancouver team we screwed over, in a nearby pub and then show up for the second half. The following video from a national CBC broadcast shows the announcers talking about the protest and then several minutes later the arrival of Ultras Montreal.

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