A DC United player, who called one of his opponents a “nigger”, was kicked off the field by his former coach with the glory of Manchester United and the England national team. An investigation has been opened by the North American Football League (MLS).
Against racism in sports, some know how to make the right decisions. Former England player and current Major League Soccer coach Wayne Rooney is one of them. His team, DC United, faced Inter Miami on Sunday. A clash occurred between Taxiarchis Fountas and Damian Lowe. The first, the DC United striker, described the second as a “Negro”. The Jamaican player got angry logically, which led to the match being stopped by the referee.
After discussions between coaches, players and the referee, Wayne Rooney announced that he had decided to replace Fontas. “It was a racist and unacceptable comment, Phil Neville, Miami coach and former Manchester United teammate Rooney, lamented after the match. The word that was used is unacceptable and is the worst word in the world. There is no place for racism on the football field. The owners agree 100%. I have to congratulate my players for staying calm and I have to congratulate the referee for a really difficult situation. He followed the protocols set by the MLS, and I must give credit to Wayne Rooney for handling him the way he did.”
“Incredibly dark moment”
Phil Neville continues: “I’ve always known him as someone who acts with the class. He has risen in my estimation again more than any goal he has ever scored. […] In my previous work with England, we had a lot of racist experiences in some countries. I am very familiar with how to handle these situations. I don’t think I was more proud of my players than tonight.”
Phil Neville’s players also warned their coach that they were ready to leave the turf to protest the insult directed at their teammate. Deandre Yadlin, Inter Miami defender: “If nothing is done, We weren’t going to go on. He doesn’t even feel like winning because of this incredibly dark moment. we’ll see what [la fédération] I did about it. “
An investigation into this case has been opened by the North American Championships. For its part, DC United confirmed to the club ‘They will work closely together’ With the NFL and Inter Miami to solve the problem.
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