Major League Soccer said it would look into a claim that DC United player Taxi Fountas used a racial slur against Inter Miami defender Damion Lowe during the second half of Sunday’s game.
Inter Miami won the match 3-2 to give their play-off hopes a significant boost, with Gonzalo Higuain scoring the decisive goal.
But the mood was grim afterwards, with the Inter Miami players revealing they were prepared to walk off the pitch during the game if something wasn’t done about what they believed Fountas had said. .
“It was a racist comment,” Inter Miami coach Phil Neville said. “It was unacceptable. A word was used. I think it’s unacceptable in society.
“A word was used, I think, the worst word in the world. And that’s it, really.”
Fountas and Lowe both received yellow cards in the 62nd minute after exchanging words. This all happened shortly after Fountas scored to level the game at 2-2.
The Inter Miami players gathered and after a period of conversation that lasted several minutes, Neville spoke to Wayne Rooney, his DC United counterpart. Rooney removed Fountas from play and play resumed.
“There was a complaint, which I’m sure will be investigated. I can’t say much more,” Rooney told reporters.
Inter Miami’s DeAndre Yedlin said: “If nothing was done, we weren’t going to continue.
“At the end of the day, it doesn’t even feel like a win because of this incredibly dark moment.
“So now we’ll see what MLS does about it. My eyes will be a lot on that, to see what kind of action they take, because now it’s up to them to act and take a stand and show that. not only has no place in the game, but not in society.”
After the match, MLS released a statement confirming that an investigation into the matter will begin shortly.
“MLS has zero tolerance for abusive and offensive language, and we take these allegations very seriously,” the league said.