By Alex Windley
On April 8, Serie A football issued a statement condemning an alleged racial slur used on the field during a game between San Jose and the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
The alleged incident took place in the 54th minute when both teams came together after a foul. Jeremy Ebobisse explained that he and the rest of the team continued to play after the incident because “the player who made the remark said it wasn’t aimed at anyone in particular”.
“What’s important for me to share is that I know what I heard and the reason I felt after a long conversation that we should continue with the game is because the player who said the word claimed it wasn’t aimed at none of us,” Ebobisse said after the match.
MLS announced it would be investigating the incident and issued a statement condemning any abuse in the league.
“Major League Soccer is aware of an incident in which a New York Red Bulls player allegedly used language that violates league policy during the 54th minute of tonight’s game between the New York Red Bulls and the San Jose Earthquakes” .
MLS has zero tolerance for offensive and abusive language and takes these allegations seriously. An investigation into this matter will begin promptly. Further information will be provided upon completion of this investigation.”
While the alleged insult wasn’t aimed at anyone in particular, San Jose Earthquakes forward Jeremy Ebobisse wouldn’t reveal the name of the player who said it and doubled down on what he heard on the field.
“What’s important for me to share is that I know what I heard and the reason I felt after a long conversation that we should continue with the game is because the player who said the word claimed it wasn’t aimed at none of us,” Ebobisse said.
Also, both the Red Bull AND Earthquakes has released statements addressing the incident on social media, in support of the league’s investigation.
This article was originally posted on 90min.com as MLS releases statement following racial incident in match between San Jose Earthquakes and New York Red Bulls.
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