MLS: Player at heart of racism allegations

DC United striker Taxiarchis Fountas could well be suspended for racist remarks he allegedly made during Sunday’s game against Inter Miami CF.

In a 3-2 loss at Audi Field, the player involved fell into second-half trouble with defender Damion Lowe and both men were each shown yellow cards. The local team’s color bearer was immediately replaced. However, the head instructor of the Florida club, Phil Neville, had a very precise explanation to offer as to the events that occurred on the ground.

“A word that I believe is unacceptable in our society has been spoken and this is the worst in the world, in my opinion,” he said after the meeting.

In fact, according to The Washington Post, which reported Miami guard DeAndre Yedlin’s remarks, Fountas uttered the N-word to Lowe, a Jamaican. The targeted athlete’s teammate, Aimé Mabika, reacted promptly by notifying the rest of his club, which decided not to continue the game as long as the alleged culprit remained on the playing surface.

Investigation expected

Fountas did not comment to the media on the allegations in question, but his pilot Wayne Rooney admitted this: “The referee walked over to me and Phil to talk to us. He informed us that there had been a complaint and I’m sure it will be investigated. There is nothing more to say about it”.

The DC United organization has also taken notice of the story, saying that « the team will work closely with MLS and Inter Miami CF to verify what happened. »

“MLS has a zero tolerance policy on abusive and offensive language. We take this very seriously and an investigation will begin shortly, ”confirmed the Garber circuit.

Consequently, Fountas could miss the October 1 duel against CF Montreal at Stade Saputo. His troubles add up to a miserable season for his family. Indeed, DC United occupy the basement of the MLS general classification with 27 points. The striker is one of the main offensive threats in Washington, having scored 12 goals in 21 outings this season.

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