DC United’s Greek forward Taxi Fountas has denied using a racist slur towards Inter Miami’s Jamaican defender Damion Lowe throughout Sunday’s Major League Soccer (MLS) tournament.
MLS says it’s investigating the alleged incident, which came about at the hour mark as Fountas, who had simply scored for DC, were given into an altercation with Lowe.
The state of affairs escalated and each Fountas and Lowe, who’s Black, have been booked via the referee, ahead of Miami’s gamers huddled in combination and spoke to supervisor Phil Neville.
Neville then spoke with United supervisor Wayne Rooney, his outdated England teammate, who selected to exchange Fountas out of the sport.
In his post-match press convention, Miami fullback DeAndre Yedlin mentioned he spoke to Neville and mentioned the gamers have been “not going to continue until something was done with that player and if nothing was done, we weren’t going to continue.”
“Damion and another player got into a little bit of a scuffle, as Damion was walking away, the guy called him the N-word.”
In a commentary posted to his Instagram account, Fountas mentioned he “did not use the word I am being accused of using.”
“That despicable racial slur is one I denounce and did not use,” the commentary learn. “We had a sizzling dialogue at the box, however I’ve no longer racially abused someone. I firmly reject racism in any shape, it’s despicable.
“I have many friends from many cultures. I always respect the culture, religion and skin color of each person, I am therefore very upset by this accusation and saddened to be falsely accused.”
Referee Ismael Elfath’s document said that Fountas and Lowe have been each proven yellow playing cards for “Lack of Respect of the game” and that not one of the officers or the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) heard racist or abusive language.
“MLS has zero tolerance for abusive and offensive language and we take these allegations very seriously,” and MLS spokesperson mentioned in a commentary.
“An investigation into this matter will begin promptly. Further information will be provided upon completion of that investigation.”
After the sport, Neville praised his gamers, the referee, and Rooney for the way they treated the placement.
“I must commend my players for keeping their calm, I must commend the referee for a really difficult situation, he followed the protocols set out by the MLS – and I must give massive, massive respect to Wayne Rooney for dealing with it in the way that he did,” Neville advised newshounds.
“I’ve all the time recognized him as a category act, and lately, he went up in my estimation greater than he has ever performed, greater than any function he has ever scored. There was once a racist remark that was once unacceptable. A phrase was once used that I believe is unacceptable in society. I believe it’s the worst phrase on the planet.
“I called the players over. I asked them if they were okay. I told them that we were going to stick together, deal with this. That it was unacceptable. There is no forms, there is no place for racism, for me, in society, never mind on a football field.”
In his post-match press convention, United trainer Rooney mentioned: “The referee came over and spoke to me and Phil, and there was a complaint, which I’m sure will get investigated. So there’s nothing really much more I can say.”
In a commentary, DC United mentioned it’s “aware of the allegations involving a player during the match against Inter Miami CF.”
“The club will work closely with Major League Soccer and Inter Miami to investigate the incident,” it added.