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Alleged use of racist slur mars Earthquakes-Red Bulls match

San Jose Earthquakes’ 1-1 draw at the New York Red Bulls was marred by the alleged use of racial slurs by a Red Bulls player on Saturday night in Harrison, New Jersey.

Major League Soccer announced an investigation after Saturday’s game, saying the league will investigate the words of Red Bulls forward Dante Vanzeir.

Vanzeir is said to have uttered a racist slur after a foul in the 54th minute. Several Earthquakes players reacted to the words, resulting in a minor on-field scuffle and an almost 20-minute stoppage in the game before play resumed.

After the match, Earthquakes forward Jeremy Ebobisse told the media, “I know what I heard” about the alleged racial epithet used by Vanzeir.

“What we saw tonight should not be part of the game,” said Ebobisse. “The reason why after a long conversation I felt like we should continue with the game is because the player who uttered the word claimed it wasn’t directed at us.”

Vanzeir, 24, was on the pitch for a further 15 minutes after play resumed before being substituted. Earthquake manager Luchi Gonzalez spent part of the 20-minute conversation pleading for his removal to his counterpart, Red Bulls manager Gerhard Struber.

“When I listen to my players in terms of what has or has not been said, there are things that are unacceptable,” Gonzalez told media. “It takes precedence over the game we’re playing.”

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Vanzeir did not speak to the media after the game and his club released a statement on Twitter, in which the Red Bulls said they will fully cooperate with the MLS investigation and that they “do not condone any form of harassment or discrimination”.



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