‘I’ve at all times recognized him as a category act and at present he went up in my estimation’: Phil Neville praises former Man United team-mate Wayne Rooney for his decisive motion after considered one of his DC United gamers allegedly racially abused Inter Miami opponent
- Phil Neville hailed his former team-mate for motion he took after alleged incident
- Damion Lowe accused the Taxi Fountas of racism in recreation between two sides
- The sport was halted till Rooney substituted Fountas which Neville praised
Wayne Rooney has been hailed by former England team-mate Phil Neville for his dealing with of an alleged incident of racism that threatened to halt an MLS match between their groups.
The sport between DC United, managed by Rooney, and Neville’s Inter Miami — owned by David Beckham — was interrupted when United ahead Taxi Fountas was accused of racially abusing Inter defender Damion Lowe.
After Rooney and Neville, who performed for Manchester United collectively in addition to at worldwide degree, had held talks with referee Ismail Elfath, Rooney substituted Fountas and the motion resumed.
‘There was a racist remark that was unacceptable,’ mentioned Neville.
‘A phrase was used that I believe is unacceptable in society. I believe it’s the worst phrase on this planet.
‘I have to give huge, huge respect to Wayne Rooney for coping with it in the best way that he did. I’ve at all times recognized him as a category act and at present he went up in my estimation greater than he has ever completed, greater than any objective he has ever scored.’
DC United boss Wayne Rooney determined to take Taxi Fountas off the following time the ball went out
Shortly earlier than the hour mark, Fountas was concerned in a skirmish with Lowe, which is when the alleged incident happened.
Miami gamers had mentioned leaving the pitch earlier than Rooney and Neville intervened.
‘If nothing had been completed, we weren’t going to proceed,’ confirmed Miami’s DeAndre Yedlin, as soon as of Tottenham and Newcastle. The MLS are investigating the matter.
Phil Neville mentioned he ‘gained extra respect’ for Rooney ‘than for any objective he had scored’
Neither Elfath nor the opposite officers are thought to have heard the alleged comment, whereas the occasions beneath scrutiny have been additionally checked by VAR.
An MLS spokesman mentioned: ‘MLS has zero tolerance for abusive and offensive language and we take these allegations very critically. An investigation into this matter will start promptly.
A DC United assertion added: ‘DC United are conscious of the allegations involving a participant in the course of the match towards Inter Miami. The membership will work intently with Main League Soccer and Inter Miami to research the incident.’
DC United participant Taxi Fountas took to Instagram to disclaim accusations that he racially abused Inter Miami’s Damion Lowe within the MLS recreation on Sunday night time