Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and the Toronto police are taking action following incidents of people yelling “f— her right in the p—-” vulgarities to reporters on the street.
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment tells CityNews fans who yell out vulgarities to reporters will be banned from all venues.
MLSE also says it is instituting extra security measures at big games as a result of ongoing vulgar incidents.
Toronto police tells CityNews it is consulting with the crown attorney’s office to consider charges.
This comes after CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt confronted several young men about the trend while she was covering a Toronto FC soccer game on Sunday.
The crude trend, which started in the United States, involves people bombarding live reporters and yelling “f**k her right in the p***y” into their microphones.
MLSE released the following statement on Tuesday:
“We’re appalled that this trend of disrespectful behaviour would make its way to our city, let alone anywhere near our stadium. We are working to identify the individuals, and when we do they will be banned from all of our facilities. Moving forward, we will also work with our local television outlets to provide extra security support to female reporters doing live hits at any of our games. Our organization is committed to an environment where everyone can feel safe and included and discrimination or intolerance of any kind will be met with a swift and serious response. We’re thankful to our vast majority of fans for standing up against such sexist behaviour and working with us to help prevent it in the future.”
MLSE statement addressing company actions following Sunday’s incident: pic.twitter.com/1GUI1r4H7y
— MLSE PR (@MLSEPR) May 12, 2015
Note: This story was corrected to state that the men Hunt confronted were not hurling vulgarities.