Taxi Fountas accused of utilizing racial slur throughout D.C. United loss

On an evening that D.C. United conceded a stoppage-time winner in a 3-2 loss to Inter Miami at Audi Area, that late collapse was overshadowed by one thing a lot uglier.

After a second-half trade between United attacker Taxi Fountas and Miami defender Damion Lowe resulted in a prolonged delay and each gamers receiving yellow playing cards, with Fountas being substituted moments later, Miami Coach Phil Neville stated the conflict was over the usage of a racial slur.

“A word was used that I think is unacceptable in society,” Neville stated. “A word was used that I think is the worst word in the world.”

Fountas, who had scored his team-leading twelfth objective of the season moments earlier, was not made obtainable for remark amid an investigation by the membership, MLS and the Skilled Referee Group, a United spokesman stated. Referee Ismail Elfath advised a pool reporter that no official had heard racist or abusive language and that none was detected through video evaluate.

“The referee came over and spoke to me and Phil and there was a complaint, which I’m sure will get investigated,” United Coach Wayne Rooney stated. “So there’s nothing really much more I can say.”

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Six weeks after United made Christian Benteke the costliest participant in membership historical past, Rooney lastly had a possibility to deploy his prize summer season signing alongside Fountas, the membership’s all-star attacker who had missed Benteke’s first 4 matches with a concussion.

Positive sufficient, Benteke and Fountas discovered the web Sunday. However Miami acquired a pair of objectives from Leonardo Campana and, after Fountas exited, a stoppage-time winner from Gonzalo Higuaín.

For a last-place D.C. crew (7-19-6) that had failed to attain in eight of its previous 10 matches, the burst of offense was a welcome respite forward of a 3rd straight fall with out playoff soccer. However Fountas’s comeback was soured by the second-half incident.

“It makes a really nice moment for us kind of dark,” stated Miami defender DeAndre Yedlin, a member of the Black Gamers for Change group in MLS. “It’s really unfortunate to see it live.”

Benteke opened his D.C. scoring account within the twenty second minute. Fountas threw the protection off-balance with a slaloming run into the field earlier than Miami’s Bryce Duke prodded the ball away. It fell to United midfielder Chris Durkin, who curled a one-time service into the field that Benteke stabbed residence on the far submit.

Miami (12-13-6) drew degree within the thirty ninth. Jean Mota’s deflected shot earned the guests a nook kick, and United goalkeeper David Ochoa might solely get a weak contact on the service. As gamers scrambled for the free ball, Campana swiveled and slammed within the equalizer.

Within the 53rd minute, Miami took the lead. Campana headed a cross throughout the goalmouth towards teammate Alejandro Pozuelo, whose errant contact ricocheted again to Campana for a point-blank end.

Fountas pulled United degree 4 minutes later. Miami cleared a D.C. free kick to the highest of the field, the place Fountas launched a one-time volley that took a wholesome deflection on the way in which in.

Each groups pushed for a winner after the prolonged delay and Fountas’s 66th-minute substitution, however it was Miami that broke by way of. After a United quick break was foiled when a ball supposed for Benteke caromed off a teammate, Miami countered. Indiana Vassilev touched a cross extensive to Yedlin, whose low cross was steered in by Higuaín.

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The match was the primary assembly between Rooney and second-year Inter Miami coach Neville since Rooney took over as United’s coach in July. The duo had been teammates at Manchester United in 2004-05 and with England’s nationwide crew from 2003 to 2007.

Neville praised Rooney for his resolution to take away Fountas, and Yedlin stated Miami determined to “not continue until something was done with that player.”

“I must give massive, massive respect to Wayne Rooney for dealing with it in the way that he did,” Neville stated. “I’ve always known him as a class act.”

Worldwide break looms

United is off subsequent weekend as most of MLS goes on hiatus for the ultimate worldwide window earlier than the World Cup in Qatar as nationwide groups fine-tune their techniques and get a remaining have a look at gamers earlier than submitting their rosters. D.C. visits CF Montreal on Oct. 1 earlier than internet hosting FC Cincinnati on Oct. 9 to shut the season.

Benteke, a candidate for Belgium’s 26-man squad, was omitted from Coach Roberto Martinez’s roster for matches in opposition to Wales and the Netherlands. Yedlin will report back to the U.S. squad gathered for friendlies in opposition to Japan in Düsseldorf, Germany, and Saudi Arabia in Murcia, Spain.

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