LAFC striker Diomande says he was racially abused during U.S. Open Cup match

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Shaun Clark
The Norway international said he was called a racial slur during Wednesday night's quarterfinal clash at Banc of California Stadium

Los Angeles FC striker Adama Diomande has said he was racially abused during Wednesday night's U.S. Open Cup game against the Portland Timbers.

Following the quarterfinal match, which LAFC won 3-2, Diomande took to Instagram to say that he had been called a racial slur on the pitch. 

"Today was the first day in my professional career that I was called the «N» word on the field," Diomande said. 

"They will say sorry to me after the game and please let it go, but If I don’t say anything racism will just continue to grow.

"No matter which country, color, religion or which language your speaking we all are human being and we should respect each other no matter what! #saynotoracism."

Diomande did not specify who directed the slur at him. 

The 28-year-old striker was born in Norway to parents from the Ivory Coast. He has been capped 11 times by Norway at the international level. 

Diomande joined LAFC from Hull City in May and has been in red-hot form since his move, scoring nine goals in 10 games in all competitions.

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