Coach fired after 15 hours. The reason is hate speech
Sandro Grande was hired by Montreal CF as youth team coach, but resigned 15 hours later. The reason for such a quick release was the hate speech that Grande committed 10 years ago.
Sandro Grande is a Canadian former footballer who spent most of his career in the lower leagues in Italy. During his adventure with the ball, he twice represented the colors of Montreal FC (then under the name of Motreal Impact) and it was in this club that in recent days he was given the job of coach of the under-23 team. He held the job only for … 15 hours, then he was fired. Reason? A decade ago, he posted hate speech on social media. On September 4, 2012, Pauline Marois was elected Prime Minister of Quebec. During her victory speech, a tragedy occurred, the bomber shot two lighting technicians, unfortunately one of them died. The next day, Sandro Grande posted on social media:
The only mistake the shooter made last night was missing the target!!! Next time buddy! Let’s hope!
The entry caused widespread outrage, but its author claimed that he was the victim of a hacker attack. When, more than 10 years after this event, the authorities of the Montreal CF club hired Grande as a youth team coach, they were aware of what their new employee had done years ago. Club president Gabriel Gervais stated:
What we’ve seen in him is the good things he’s done over the last few years and the maturity he’s gained. The thought of giving him a second chance clouded our decision-making process. We underestimated the impact this had on the community.
It is the second part of Gervais’s statement that is crucial, because the information about Grande’s employment was widely heard in Canada. Indignation was expressed not only by ordinary fans, but also by local politicians in the province of Quebec. Ultimately, it was public opinion’s reluctance that Sandro Grande did not lead the Montreal CF U-23 team.
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