The New York Purple Bulls and ahead Dante Vanzeir apologized on Monday after Vanzeir used a racial slur throughout their match with the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday evening.
Earthquakes striker Jeremy Ebobisse stated after their 1-1 draw on Saturday evening in New Jersey that an unnamed Purple Bulls participant used a racial slur within the second half of their match — which led to a prolonged delay and nearly brought on the Earthquakes to stroll off the sector altogether. Ebobisse didn’t say who used the slur, however stated they remained within the recreation as a result of the slur wasn’t directed at anyone particularly. Main League Soccer rapidly launched an investigation.
On Monday, the Purple Bulls and Vanzeir issued statements apologizing. Whereas it’s nonetheless unclear what he stated, Vanzier admitted to utilizing inappropriate language through the match.
“I need to sincerely apologize to the gamers of the Earthquakes,” he stated in a press release, partially. “I’ll do every little thing I can to be a part of the change that should occur on this sport and our world. I additionally need to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the group and our followers. I made a mistake and can take all the mandatory steps to develop.
“I settle for full accountability for my actions. Whereas I didn’t intend to trigger any hurt or offense with my language, I do know that I did and for that I’m actually sorry.”
The Purple Bulls issued the same apology as a company, saying that the “phrases and inaction was inexcusable, and we imagine there’s by no means a spot for it.” Purple Bulls supervisor Gerhard Struber stated that he ought to have pulled Vanzeir from the match.
“Throughout our match on Saturday, I decided that I believed was greatest given the data I had at that second,” Sruber stated in a press release. “Whereas there was lots of uncertainty on the time, with the data that I now know, the best choice would have been to right away take away Dante Vanzeir from the sport.”
The incident in query occurred within the 54th minute of the match on Saturday. It resulted in 21 minutes of stoppage time.
Ebobisse, a 26-year-old from Cameroon, talked in regards to the incident after the match.
“It will be important we dig out all of the info. I need to be as open as potential right here,” Ebobisse stated. “There may be lots of uncertainty right here, I need to respect what’s going to hopefully be a sturdy investigation. A tough scenario. I’m grateful I used to be with my teammates … Whether or not that may be a good religion remark or not we will see because the investigation goes on. However a tough second the place gamers had been put in cost, need to handle all kinds of feelings as a result of the system will not be sturdy sufficient.”
MLS remains to be investigating the incident, one thing each golf equipment and Vanzeir have supported. It’s unclear when that may conclude. Vanzeir, a 24-year-old from Belgium, stated he would settle for any punishment handed down by the Purple Bulls and the league.
Vanzeir has scored as soon as in six appearances up to now this season for the Purple Bulls, who sit 1-4-2 on the 12 months. Ebobisse has scored twice for the Earthquakes, who maintain a 3-2-2 document.