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Rooney vs Neville marred by racism allegations as MLS launch investigation into slur directed at Inter Miami star Lowe

12:53 GMT+4 19/09/2022
Damion Lowe Taxi Fountas
MLS will investigate allegations of racist language being used during a match that saw Wayne Rooney’s D.C. United face Phil Neville’s Inter Miami.
  • Fountas accused of using racist remark
  • League looking into complaints
  • Zero tolerance to abusive language

WHAT HAPPENED? Said contest took place on Sunday, with D.C. player Taxi Fountas accused of directing a racial slur in the direction of Miami defender Damion Lowe. The incident occurred during the second-half, with both players being booked after exchanging words, and two former Manchester United team-mates are now waiting to discover what action will be taken by the relevant authorities.

WHAT THEY SAID: Neville told reporters: “It was a racist comment. It was unacceptable. A word was used. I think it's unacceptable in society. A word was used, I think, the worst word in the world. And that's it, really.”

Rooney said: “There was a complaint, which I'm sure will get investigated. Not much more I can say.”

Inter Miami and USMNT star DeAndre Yedlin added: “If nothing was done, we weren't going to continue. At the end of the day, it doesn't even feel like a win because of that incredibly dark moment. So now, we'll see what MLS does about it. My eyes will be on that a lot, to see what kind of action they take, because it's now up to them to take action and make a stand and show this not only has no place in the game but no place in society.”

THE BIGGER PICTURE: MLS released a statement in which they confirmed that an investigation would be opened. That read: “MLS has zero tolerance for abusive and offensive language, and we take these allegations very seriously.”

WHAT NEXT? Inter Miami won the game 3-2 to keep their faint play-off hopes alive, but the contest was marred by another example of racist language surfacing in professional sport.