Don't Eff with Team Chile or Team Toronto Police
Remember when Team Chile turned its soccer match into a hockey game (only fitting for the city of Toronto)? Turns out the team was throwing punches at female Toronto Police officers, which one would think is a valid reason for officers to up the ante and bring out the tasers.
But how do we know that anyone on the team threw any punches at all? Easy. The Star is reporting that the players are freely admitting it.
Team Chile is still saying it just wanted to shoot the sh!t with their fans while the police are saying that shooting the sh!t involved loud and potentially violent arguments with said "fans", at which point officers intervened. Police spokesman Mark Pugash said that "Police were on the receiving end of some considerably aggressive behaviour, and their job in those circumstances is to stop that behaviour."
Take a baker's dozen's worth (plus eight) of testosterone-riddled teen-age soccer players, add a high pressure international sporting match, throw in some cruddy refereeing, add a dash of Toronto's boys and girls in blue and bake for 15 minutes. Once the timer goes off, a riot will have ensued, FIFA's PR dudes will be in a tizzy, and the Maple Leafs will have sent their scouts to Chile to find a decent brawler. Check out Jerrold's original coverage, complete with some Youtubery of the news stirred by the event.
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