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MLS will investigate allegations that DC United's Taxi Fountas called an Inter Miami player the N-word.

Inter Miami defender Damion Lowe (L) following an incident allegedly involving Taxi Fountas (R). (Photo: Geoff Burke-USA Today Sports)

Inter Miami player and head coach Phil Neville alleged on Sunday that DC United forward Taxi Fountas directed a racial slur at one of his players during an MLS match between the two teams.

The incident occurred in the second half of Miami’s 3–2 victory, and the game was suspended for five minutes. Meanwhile, chair umpire Ismail his Elfas initiated his MLS protocol regarding allegations of racial abuse on the field.

Neville said after the game, “Socially unacceptable language was used. It’s the worst language in the world.”

Miami defender DeAndre Yedlin said after a confrontation between Fountas and Miami defender Damion Lowe, Fountas “called him the N-ward”. Greek star Fontas is white, Rowe from Jamaica is black.)

Elphas Written Response to Questions from Pool Reporter Pablo Maurer, said, “No official heard racist or abusive language.” An MLS spokesperson told his Yahoo Sports that the league’s investigation will begin immediately.

DC United coach Wayne Rooney, who pulled Fauntus out of the game almost immediately after the incident, said: “There have been complaints and I am confident they will be investigated. There is nothing more I can say.”

Taxi Fountas-Damion Lowe case

The first confrontation between the two players occurred late in the 59th minute. As Lowe was passing back to his own goalkeeper, Fauntas challenged Lowe for the ball. After releasing the ball, Lowe appeared to lift his elbow. Fountas then pushed Lowe into his chest and the two went chest to chest and forehead to forehead for a few seconds, presumably exchanging words.

A few seconds later, Elphas stopped the game. He spoke with Lowe, then with the captains of both teams. He jogged to the sidelines to talk to Rooney and Neville and appeared to explain that there had been allegations of racism and that he was following the relevant protocols.

Elfus then jogged back onto the field and issued a yellow card to Fauntas and Lowe for the first altercation. After some discussion, Elfus claimed the ball and prepared to restart the game. Seconds later, the TV camera flashed back to Fauntus and Lowe.

Seconds later, Lowe appeared to explain to the other DC United players that Fountas called him “n********”.

Yedlin said after the game that fellow black Miami defender Aime Mavica also reacted emotionally to hearing the slander.

“[Mabika] He’s one of the nicest people, so when you see his reaction, you probably know it’s a pretty serious problem,” Yedlin said. And as soon as I heard his words, I got pretty emotional too. ”

Yedlin also stated that Mabika confronted Fountas, later telling Yedlin: [Mabika] I said, ‘I won’t shake hands after that.'”

(The ESPN+ broadcast barely captured the portion of the incident in which the slur was allegedly committed, nor the sounds on the field.)

Yedlin, Neville: Miami was ready to confiscate

Meanwhile, Yedlin and the other Miami players sat on the sidelines. Yedlin said after the game that he, his teammates and Neville had decided “the game will not continue until something is done to that player and nothing is done”.

“I would have given up results to stand up,” he said.

Former teammates of England’s Manchester United, Neville and Rooney, spoke multiple times during the few-minute break. huddled together. Lowe, who is also black, walked to the sidelines in conversations with DC United’s Ravel Morrison and Christian Benteke.

The game eventually restarted in the 65th minute, but the two returned to their respective benches after Neville patted Rooney on the cheek after Elfus put his arm around a player’s shoulder and addressed Lowe. I got

Less than a minute later, Rooney sent a sub for Fountas and put his arms around Fountas as the 27-year-old All-Star exited the field. “I’ve done more goals than I’ve ever scored,” Rooney said on Sunday night.

Yedlin’s interpretation was that after Neville and Rooney spoke, “they decided to drop the player.”

A spokesman for DC United said in a statement two and a half hours after the game that the club was “aware of allegations of player involvement during the match against Inter Miami CF. The club is working closely with Major League Soccer and Inter.” I will continue,” he said. Miami investigating the case. ”

Miami won the game with an injury-time goal from Gonzalo Higuain. But Yedlin said, “In the end, it doesn’t even feel like a victory because of the incredibly dark moments.

“It will be very interesting to see what the league takes on this,” Yedlin said. “And we’ll see how seriously they take this topic. We have a lot of campaigns where we can wear t-shirts and put up signs and say ‘say no to racism’ day and it keeps happening So at what point is the real stand made? [One] It really kinda says—pardon my words—“There are no bulls***.””