DC United’s Taxi Fountas denies racially abusing Damion Lowe within the MLS recreation with Inter Miami on Sunday night time and says he’s ‘very upset and saddened’ by the accusation in an announcement posted on Instagram
- Taxi Fountas and Damian Lowe clashed in 62 minute of MLS fixture on Sunday
- Lowe shouted again on the Greek worldwide after alleged use of racial slur
- Fountas has taken to Instagram to disclaim the accusation he racially abused Lowe
- The MLS has opened an investigation into the allegations he used the n-word
MLS officers are investigating the allegations and Miami coach Phil Neville stated that ‘the worst phrase on the planet’ was used towards Lowe.
Fountas wrote in an announcement on Monday: ‘I didn’t use the phrase I’m being accused of utilizing. That despicable racial slur is one I denounce and didn’t use.
‘We had a sizzling dialogue on the sphere, however I’ve not racially abused anybody. I firmly reject racism in any type. It’s despicable.
‘I’ve many associates from many cultures. I at all times respect the tradition, faith and pores and skin coloration of every individual.
‘I’m due to this fact very upset by this accusation and saddened to be falsely accused.’
DC United, in the meantime, stated in an announcement: ‘DC United are conscious of the allegation involving a participant through the match towards Inter Miami. The membership will work carefully with Main League Soccer and Inter Miami to research the incident.’
DC United participant Taxi Fountas has taken to Instagram to disclaim accusations that he racially abused Inter Miami’s Damion Lowe within the MLS recreation on Sunday night time
The MLS have since opened an investigation into claims Fountas known as Lowe the n-word
The ugly altercation between the pair passed off within the 62nd minute of the MLS fixture
The ugly altercation between the pair passed off within the 62nd minute of the MLS fixture, with the duo pushing and shoving one another after Jamaica worldwide Lowe was sad with the Greek’s problem.
Lowe shouted again at Fountas after the alleged slur was used, and referee Ismail Elfath then stopped play to talk to each captains.
It then took an much more sinister flip within the following 4 minutes as former Manchester United team-mates Wayne Rooney – the DC coach – and Neville convened on the sidelines to talk with the official.
Neville then summoned his Inter Miami gamers to debate whether or not they need to proceed enjoying as each gamers have been subsequently booked.
After the referee spoke with the captains and managers, coach Phil Neville summoned his Inter Miami gamers on the sidelines to debate whether or not they need to proceed enjoying
Lowe (pictured) and Fountas have been each booked by referee Ismail Elfath for his or her altercation
Tensions remained excessive between the pair and so they needed to be separated for a second time, and after a five-minute stoppage play ultimately resumed.
DC United boss Rooney then determined to take Fountas – who a couple of minutes earlier had made it 2-2 – off the following time the ball went out of a play, with the 27-year-old changed by Miguel Berry.
Coach Neville stated in his post-match press convention: ‘It was a racist remark that’s unacceptable. The phrase that was used is unacceptable in society and is the worst phrase on the planet.
‘There is no such thing as a place in any respect for racism on the soccer discipline. The homeowners 100 per cent agree. I have to commend my gamers for maintaining their calm.
DC United boss Rooney then determined to take Fountas off the following time the ball went out of play
Rooney made the choice regardless of the Greek having leveled the rating only a few minutes prior
‘I have to commend the referee for a extremely tough scenario. He adopted the protocols set out by the MLS, and I have to give huge respect to Wayne Rooney for coping with it the way in which that he did.
‘I’ve at all times recognized him as a category act. He went up extra in my estimations that for any objective he has ever scored. Gamers have been harm and upset.
‘I known as the gamers over as a result of in my earlier job with England we have now had plenty of experiences in sure nations of racism.
Neville stated he ‘gained extra respect’ for Rooney ‘than for any objective he had scored prior to now’
‘I’m fairly briefed on deal with these conditions. I do not assume I’ve ever been as pleased with my gamers as I used to be tonight.’
Inter Miami defender DeAndre Yedlin in the meantime confirmed the gamers have been prepared to go away the sphere following the on-field assembly with Neville, and stated their win didn’t really feel like one regardless of Gonzalo Higuain’s 94th-minute winner.
‘If nothing was executed, we weren’t going to proceed,’ he stated. ‘On the finish of the day it does not even really feel like a win due to that extremely darkish second.’