The hiring of CF Montreal denounced by François Legault

L’hiring of CF Montreal denounced by François Legault

Sandro Grande

The appointment of a controversial new coach at CF Montreal represents a “lack of respect” according to the cabinet of the first minister.

The new trainer Sandro Grande had endorsed the shooter of the Metropolis attack, during the hours following the murder of Denis Blanchette, in 2012. “The only mistake the shooter made last night was to miss his target! Marois! Next time dude! I hope!”, he had written in a tweet, withdrawn during the following hours.

Remarks deemed “unacceptable and hurtful” by the team of François Legault, who sees in the Hiring of Mr. Grande by CF Montreal a “big lack of judgment” sending “a bad message”.

Other elected officials also spoke out against this appointment. Among them is Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, leader of the Parti Québécois, who started the ball rolling on Twitter. He was quickly joined by Yves-François Blanchet, leader of the Bloc Québécois, who judges that “the guarantee of the incitement to hatred implied by this return of the author is serious”.

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Marwah Rizqy of the Quebec Liberal Party also condemned the choice of CF Montreal, saying that it is “up to us today to stand up” so as not to trivialize “neither gestures nor words”.

Sandro Grande was until 2009 a player for the CF Montreal, then the Montreal Impact. He had been fired from the team after grabbing then-Impact captain Mauro Biello by the throat.

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