Controversy over racism in MLS… Game boycott crisis → The culprit apologizes “I will be disciplined”
Controversy over racial discrimination occurred in the US Major League Soccer (MLS).
Belgian striker Dante Vanzeir (25), who plays for the New York Red Bulls, was beaten for racist remarks, and eventually apologized.
According to British public broadcaster ‘BBC’ on the 11th (Korean time), the match between New York Red Bulls and SJ Earthquake (1-1 draw) held two days ago was suspended for about 15 minutes in the second half. Players from both teams fought a battle of nerves that day, and Jeremy Ebovisse, Cameroon striker of Earthquake, protested to the referee that he heard racist remarks from Vanzeir. The Earthquake players even considered giving up the game in consideration of Ebovise’s situation, and then digested it to the end after organizing the situation.
Ebovice did not directly mention the player who made the racist remarks in the first place. However, he said, “I decided not to [boycott the game] because the player who said it insisted that it was not aimed at any of us.”
However, after the controversy arose, Vanzejer himself confessed to making racist remarks to Ebovice and said, “I deeply apologize. I will accept discipline such as suspension or fines.” “I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches, club and fans. I made a mistake. I accept responsibility for my actions. I didn’t mean to offend the other person, but I feel that I did and I deeply regret it.” 안전놀이터
New York Red Bulls coach Gerhard Struver and the club also felt responsible for Vanzejer’s actions and left a message of apology. In particular, Vanzeyr played until the 41st minute in the second half of the day and was substituted and withdrew. Coach Struver acknowledged the student’s fault, saying, “There was uncertainty at the time, but we had to take Vanzeire out of the game immediately.”
It is not known specifically what Vanzeyr said. The New York Red Bulls club said, “We are committed to creating an anti-racist environment. We will provide additional training to players and staff so that they can regain their trust.”
Vanzeyr has served as a member of the Belgian national team for all ages. He made his professional debut at his hometown club Genk in 2016 and played for Royal Winion Saint-Gile Roise until last year, then moved to the US this year and is challenging his first overseas league.