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D.C. United participant accused of utilizing racial slur in sport vs. Inter Miami

WASHINGTON (AP) — Main League Soccer mentioned it is going to look right into a declare that D.C. United participant Taxi Fountas used a racial slur in opposition to Inter Miami defender Damion Lowe through the second half of the group’s match on Sunday night time.

Inter Miami received the highway match 3-2 to present its playoff hopes a significant enhance, with Gonzalo Higuain getting the deciding objective off an help from DeAndre Yedlin within the fourth minute of stoppage time.

However the temper was somber afterwards, with Inter Miami (12-13-6) gamers revealing that they had been able to stroll off the sphere through the match if one thing was not finished about what they consider Fountas mentioned.

“It was a racist remark,” Inter Miami coach Phil Neville mentioned. “It was unacceptable. A phrase was used. I feel it is unacceptable in society. A phrase was used, I feel, the worst phrase on this planet. And that is it, actually.”

Fountas and Lowe, who’s Black, each acquired yellow playing cards within the 62nd minute after exchanging phrases. That every one occurred shortly after Fountas scored to tie the sport at 2-2.

Inter Miami gamers gathered and after a interval of dialog that lasted a number of minutes, Neville spoke with Wayne Rooney, his D.C. United counterpart. Rooney took Fountas out of the sport, and play resumed.

“There was a criticism, which I’m certain will get investigated. Not rather more I can say,” Rooney informed reporters.

Yedlin mentioned he has been outspoken about how there is no place for racism in soccer all through his profession. He mentioned Fountas used the slur as Lowe was strolling away from their dust-up.

“If nothing was finished, we weren’t going to proceed,” Yedlin mentioned.

As soon as Fountas was taken off, the sport went on, however there was no celebration after.

“On the finish of the day, it would not even really feel like a win due to that extremely darkish second,” Yedlin mentioned. “So now, we’ll see what MLS does about it. My eyes can be on that so much, to see what sort of motion they take, as a result of it is now as much as them to take motion and make a stand and present this not solely has no place within the sport however no place in society.”

MLS launched an announcement postgame saying an investigation “into this matter will start promptly.”

“MLS has zero tolerance for abusive and offensive language, and we take these allegations very critically,” the league mentioned.

Miami additionally obtained two targets from Leonardo Campana.

Christian Benteke additionally scored for United (7-19-6). United outshot Miami 17-8, however every group had 5 pictures on objective.

Drake Callender saved three of the 5 pictures he confronted for Miami. David Ochoa saved two of the 5 pictures he confronted for United.

Miami subsequent performs on Friday in opposition to Toronto on the highway, and United will go to CF Montreal on Saturday.

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