Taxi Fountas accused of using racial slur during DC United loss

On an evening that DC United conceded a stoppage-time winner in a 3-2 loss to Inter Miami at Audi Field, its late collapse was overshadowed by one thing a lot uglier.

After a second-half trade Sunday between United attacker Taxi Fountas and Miami defender Damion Lowe resulted in a prolonged delay, each gamers receiving yellow playing cards and Fountas promptly being substituted, Miami Coach Phil Neville stated the conflict was over the use of a racial slur.

“A phrase was used that I believe is unacceptable in society,” Neville stated. “A phrase was used that I believe is the worst phrase on the earth.”

Miami defender DeAndre Yedlin stated Lowe was strolling away after a tussle with Fountas when “the man known as him the n-word” and teammate Aimé Mabika reacted angrily. Lowe and Mabika are Black. Yedlin stated Miami determined to “not proceed till one thing was executed with that participant.”

Fountas, who scored his team-leading twelfth purpose of the season moments earlier than, was not made out there for remark amid an investigation by the membership, MLS and the Professional Referee Organization, a membership spokesman stated. Referee Ismail Elfath informed a pool reporter that no official had heard racist or abusive language and that none was detected through video evaluation.

“The referee came visiting and spoke to me and Phil, and there was a grievance, which I’m positive will get investigated,” United Coach Wayne Rooney stated. “So there’s nothing actually way more I can say.”

In an announcement, United stated: “DC United are conscious of the allegations involving a participant during the match in opposition to Inter Miami CF. The membership will work carefully with Major League Soccer and Inter Miami to research the incident.”

“MLS has zero tolerance for abusive and offensive language and we take these allegations very severely,” the league stated in an announcement. “An investigation into this matter will start promptly.”

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Six weeks after United made Christian Benteke the costliest participant in membership historical past, Rooney lastly had a possibility to deploy his prize summer time signing alongside Fountas, the membership’s lone all-star who had missed Benteke’s first 4 matches with a concussion.

Sure sufficient, Benteke and Fountas discovered the web Sunday. But Miami acquired a pair of targets from Leonardo Campana and, after Fountas exited, a stoppage-time winner from Gonzalo Higuaín.

For a last-place DC group (7-19-6) that had failed to attain in eight of its previous 10 matches, the burst of offense was welcome. Fountas’s comeback, nonetheless, was soured by the allegation, as was the essential win for a Miami group within the midst of a playoff push.

“It makes a very nice second for us type of darkish,” stated Yedlin, a member of the Black Players for Change group in MLS. “This is one thing I’ve been outspoken about my entire profession, so it is actually unlucky to see it dwell.”

Benteke opened his DC scoring account within the twenty second minute. United midfielder Chris Durkin curled a one-time serve into the field that the Belgian striker stabbed house on the far submit.

Miami (12-13-6) drew degree within the thirty ninth on Campana’s scrappy end during a goalmouth scramble, then took the lead within the 53rd because the Ecuadoran striker completed once more from shut vary.

Fountas pulled United degree 4 minutes later. Miami cleared a DC free kick to the highest of the field, the place the Greek ahead launched a one-time volley that took a wholesome deflection on the way in which in.

But the next delay, by which Elfath stopped to convene with Rooney and Neville a number of instances, and Fountas’s 66th-minute substitution halted any momentum from United’s equalizer.

“We had been making an attempt to place strain,” Benteke stated. “With that break, it simply slowed down the sport.”

Both groups pushed for a winner earlier than Miami broke via on a counterattack within the fourth minute of stoppage time. Indiana Vassilev touched a move vast to Yedlin, whose low cross was steered in by Higuaín.

“It would not even really feel like a win,” Yedlin stated. “Now we’ll see what the MLS does about [the accusation]. My eyes will probably be on that loads. It’s now as much as them to take motion and take a stand and present that this not solely has no place within the sport however no place in society.”

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The match was the primary assembly between Rooney and Neville since Rooney took over as United’s coach in July. They had been teammates at Manchester United in 2004-05 and with England’s nationwide group from 2003 to 2007.

Neville praised Rooney for his determination to take away Fountas from the sport.

“I need to give huge, huge respect to Wayne Rooney for coping with it in the way in which that he did,” Neville stated. “I’ve all the time recognized him as a category act. I believe at present he went up in my estimation greater than he is ever executed, greater than any purpose he is ever scored.”

International break looms

United is off subsequent weekend as most of MLS goes on hiatus for the ultimate worldwide window earlier than the World Cup in Qatar as nationwide groups fine-tune their techniques and get a closing have a look at gamers earlier than submitting their rosters. DC visits CF Montreal on Oct. 1 earlier than internet hosting FC Cincinnati on Oct. 9 to shut the season.

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