MLS Player Suspended, Fined, Required To Attend Education Sessions After Use Of Racial Slur

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New York Red Bulls forward Dante Vanzeir has been suspended for six games and fined by MLS for using a racial slur during a game against the San Jose Earthquakes. The decision from the league comes after the Belgian had stepped away from the team of his own volition.

A statement from MLS also states that, on top of the undisclosed fine and six-game suspension, Vanzeir will be required to participate in “education sessions as well as a restorative practices program.”

San Jose’s Jeremy Ebobisse, who is black, alleged that Vanzeir used a racial slur during the second half of the 1-1 game. Some pushing and shoving began which resulted in a lengthy delay during the contest.

On Monday, Vanzeir said he’d accept any discipline MLS might impose.

“I will do everything I can to be part of the change that needs to happen in this sport and our world. I also want to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the organization and our fans,” he said in a statement. “I made a mistake and will take all the necessary steps to grow.

“While I did not intend to cause any harm or offense with my language, I know that I did and for that I am deeply sorry,” the statement read.

Vanzeir is playing in his first season in MLS starting in one game and appearing in five scoring one goal along the way. The 24-year-old has appeared in one game for the Belgian national team in his career as well.

Written by Mark Harris

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