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MLS launches investigation after ‘Taxi Fountas calls Inter Miami defender Damian Lowe the N word’

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MLS launches investigation with DC United forward Taxi Fountas accused of ‘calling Inter Miami defender Damian Lowe the n-word’… with Wayne Rooney deciding to bring Greece forward over alleged racist comments while Phil Neville was furious

  • Taxi Fountas and Damian Lowe clashed in 62 minutes MLS match on Sunday
  • Lowe yelled back at Greece international after alleged use of racist comments
  • Referee Ismail Elfath then stopped the game to talk to both captains and managers
  • Phil Neville then called on his players to discuss whether they should continue
  • DC United boss Wayne Rooney replaced Fontas when the ball went out of play

The MLS has launched an investigation into claims Taxi Fountas called Damian Lowe the n-word in DC United’s 3-2 defeat to Inter Miami.

The ugly altercation between the pair took place in the 62nd minute of the MLS match, with the duo pushing and shoving each other after Jamaican international Lowe was unhappy with the Greek’s challenge.

Lowe yelled back at Fountas after the alleged slur had been used, and umpire Ismail Elfath then stopped play to talk to both captains.

Things then took an even more sinister turn in the next four minutes as former Manchester United team-mates Wayne Rooney and Phil Neville gathered on the sidelines to talk to the official.

Neville then called his Inter Miami players to discuss whether they should continue playing as both players were subsequently booked.

Tensions between the pair remained high and they had to be separated for a second time, and after a five-minute hiatus, the game was finally resumed.

DC United boss Rooney then decided to take Fountas – who had made it 2-2 a few minutes earlier – off the court the next time the ball went out of play, with the 27-year-old being replaced by Miguel Berry.

The former Derby County manager was praised by the Inter Miami boss for his actions, with the latter saying: he had ‘gained more respect’ for him ‘than for any goal he had scored in the past’.

The MLS has launched an investigation into claims that Inter Miami’s DC United forward Taxi Fountas Damian Lowe called the n-word.

The ugly altercation between the pair took place in the 62nd minute of the MLS match

The ugly altercation between the pair took place in the 62nd minute of the MLS match

After the referee spoke to the captains and managers, Phil Neville called his Inter Miami players to discuss whether they should continue playing.

After the referee spoke to the captains and managers, Phil Neville called his Inter Miami players to discuss whether they should continue playing.

Neville said in his press conference after the game: “It was a racist comment that is unacceptable. The word that was used is unacceptable in society and is the worst word in the world.

“There is absolutely no place for racism on the football field. The owners agree 100 percent. I must commend my players for keeping their composure.

“I have to congratulate the referee for a very difficult situation. He followed the protocols of the MLS and I have to respect Wayne Rooney a lot for handling it the way he did.

“I’ve always known him as a class act. He went up more in my estimation than for any goal he’s ever scored. Players were hurt and disappointed.

Lowe (above) and Fountas were both booked by Ismail Elfath for their ugly altercation

Lowe (above) and Fountas were both booked by Ismail Elfath for their ugly altercation

DC United boss Rooney then decided to take out Fountas the next time the ball went out of play

DC United boss Rooney then decided to take out Fountas the next time the ball went out of play

Rooney made the decision despite the Greek having equalized a few minutes earlier

Rooney made the decision despite the Greek having equalized a few minutes earlier

“I called the players because in my previous job with England we had a lot of experiences in certain countries of racism.

“I am quite knowledgeable about how to handle these situations. I don’t think I’ve ever been so proud of my players as I was tonight.’

Inter Miami defender DeAndre Yedlin, meanwhile, confirmed the players were ready to leave the field after the on-field encounter with Neville, saying their win didn’t feel like a win, despite Gonzalo Higuain’s 94th-minute winner.

“If nothing was done, we wouldn’t continue,” he said. “In the end, it doesn’t even feel like a win because of that incredibly dark moment.

Neville said he had 'gained more respect' for Rooney 'than for any goal he had scored in the past'

Neville said he had ‘gained more respect’ for Rooney ‘than for any goal he had scored in the past’

“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 take a stand and show that not only does this have no place in the game, but no place in society.’

In quoted separately worn by MARCAadded the former Newcastle fullback: “It’s something I’ve been candid about my entire career.

“Very sad to see it live. In fact, Damion (Lowe) and their player got into a little scuffle and when Damion walked away, the man called him the N-word.’

Inter Miami would eventually win the game thanks to the 94th minute winner of Gonzalo Higuain

Inter Miami would eventually win the game thanks to the 94th minute winner of Gonzalo Higuain



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