in MLS Wayne Rooney released one of his players who had insulted an opponent

Football racism still knows dark hours. This time it was in the United States that this sad situation took place during the meeting between Wayne Rooney’s DC United and Phil Neville’s Inter Miami, the two former Manchester United teammates.

During a clash between Taxiarchis Fountas and Damian Lowe, the former called his opponent a “nigger”. It was enough for the Jamaican player from Miami to get angry, causing the referee to stop the match.

After discussions between coaches, players and the referee. Rooney decided to release his player. “It was a racist comment which is unacceptable. The word that was used is unacceptable and it is the worst word in the world. There is no place for racism on a football pitch. Owners agree 100%. I have to congratulate my players who kept their calm and I have to congratulate the referee for a really difficult situation. He followed the protocols set out by MLS,” Neville said after the game.

“I have to pay tribute to Wayne Rooney”

The Inter coach took the opportunity to salute the decision of his former partner. “I have to give credit to Wayne Rooney for handling it the way he did. I’ve always known him as someone who acts with class. He still rose in my esteem more than any goal he ever scored, he said. In my previous work with England, we had a lot of experiences of racism in certain countries. I’m pretty knowledgeable on how to handle these situations. I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of my players than tonight. »

The latter had warned Neville that they were also ready to leave the lawn in protest. “If nothing had been done, we would not have continued. It doesn’t even feel like a win because of this incredibly dark moment. We will see what (the federation) does about it, ”reacted defender DeAndre Yedlin.

An investigation has been opened by the North American Football League and DC United have assured that the club will « work closely » with MLS to resolve the issue.

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