Fontas Taxi: DC United striker denies using racist slurs towards Damion Lowe at Inter Miami as MLS investigates incident



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DC United striker Taxi Fontas denied using racist slurs towards Inter Miami defender Damion Lowe during Sunday. football League (MLS) Match.

MLS She says she’s investigating the alleged incident, which occurred an hour later in which Fountas, who had just registered for DC, got into an argument with Lowe.

The situation escalated and the referee got both Fontas and Lowe, who is black, before the Miami players got together and spoke to manager Phil Neville.

Neville then spoke with United manager Wayne Rooney, his old team-mate in England, who chose to replace Fontas out of the game.

In his post-match press conference, Miami defender Deandre Yedlin said he had spoken to Neville and said the players “will not continue until something is done with this player and if nothing is done, we will not continue.”

Damion and another player got into a small altercation, while Damion was turning away, the man called him an N word.

in A statement posted on his Instagram Fontas said he “didn’t use the word he was accused of using.”

“This abhorrent racist slur is the one I denounced and I did not use,” the statement read. “We had a heated discussion in the field, but I did not racially assault anyone. I strongly reject racism in any form, it is despicable.

“I have many friends from many cultures. I have always respected the culture, religion and skin color of every person, so I am very upset by this accusation and saddened to be falsely accused.”

Referee Ismail Al-Fateh’s report stated that Fontas and Lowe received yellow cards for “disrespecting the game” and that neither the officials nor the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) had heard racist or offensive language.

“MLS has zero tolerance for offensive and abusive language, and we take these allegations seriously,” an MLS spokesperson said in a statement.

An investigation into this matter will begin immediately. More information will be provided upon completion of this investigation.”

After the match, Neville praised his players, the referee and Rooney for how they handled the situation.

“I have to commend my players for keeping their calm, I have to commend the referee for a really difficult situation, he followed the protocols set by MLS – and I have to give a huge, wide-ranging respect to Wayne Rooney for dealing with him in the way,” Neville told reporters.

“I’ve always known him as a top-notch act, and today, he’s gone up in my estimation more than he ever did, more than any goal he’s ever scored. There was an unacceptable racist comment. A word that I think is unacceptable in society has been used. I think it’s the worst word in the world.

“I called the players. I asked them if they were okay. I told them we were going to stick with each other, and deal with this. It’s not acceptable. There are no forms and no place for racism, for me, in society, let alone on the football field.”

In his post-match press conference, United boss Rooney said: “The referee came and spoke to me and Phil, and there was a complaint, and I’m sure it will be investigated. So there is nothing more than I can say.”

DC United said in a statement that it was “aware of allegations relating to a player during the match against Inter Miami.”

“The club will work closely with Major League Soccer and Inter Miami to investigate the incident,” she added.