San Diego Loyal: US football team closes pitch after alleged homophobic abuse



By landing, Loyal stopped the match and ended his chances of reaching the playoffs.

In previous football players and teams have spoken of walking off the pitch when confronted with homophobic or racist abuse, but Loyal’s active stance in competitive sports is rare.

According to the club, the alleged misconduct was directed at midfielder Colin Martin, as he was issued a red card at the end of the first half, with Loyal leading 3–1 in the second-tier USL Championship. The red card was later canceled.

Former US international Landon Donovan was involved in a heated posture at half-time, along with Loyal Manager, referee and Rising Phoenix coach Rick Shantz.

Loyal’s players returned after the break but left when the referee blew his whistle.

Rising midfielder Junior Fleming later Wrote on twitter He was a player accused of using the slur, but called the allegations “false”.
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Coleen Martin brought to the attention of the authorities.

‘We have to act’

The Wednesday incident comes after an alleged racial slur aimed at another San Diego player against Loyal Galaxy was canceled by Loyal last week.

The Galaxy and the player accused the comment of “partially agreeing to agree” according to a club statement.

In a post game Video statement Posting on Lone’s Twitter feed, Donovan stated that Martin had brought the homophobic slur to the attention of the fourth officer as the first half had ended.
“We went through a very tough event last week at LA Match and we have ourselves, our community, our players, the club, the USL, that we will not stand for bigotry, homophobic slurs, things. Our games of pledge are not included, “Donovan, who played for Everton in the English Premier League, said.

“I know how hard it was for them to see what had happened tonight, and then it was disastrous for me to happen again a week later.

“Our friends, to their huge debt, said we were not going to stand for it. They were very clear at that moment that they were giving up all hope of making the playoffs, even if they beat one of the best teams Were. League.

“He said it doesn’t matter. Some other things are important in life and we have to live for the things we believe in.

“If we want us to be true as a club, then we have to speak, and we have to act.”

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‘Denied sincerely’

Rising said the club is investigating the claim but its player has strictly denied it “using a slayer”.

“Phoenix Rising stands with USL in denying and punishing any homophobic behavior,” it wrote in a statement, posting to its officer Twitter account.

The player alleged that he “tampered with” no opportunity to defend himself “and mocked him, saying that he is” in solidarity with the LGBTQ + movement. ”

He wrote on Twitter, “At no point did I say a homophobic slur towards Colin Martin. I don’t know Colin personally, but I respect all of my opponents equally.”

Colin Martin is yet to comment publicly on the incident.

The USL Championship said in a statement that she was aware of the allegation and was investigating the incident.

“This inaccurate and derogatory language of any kind has no place in our society and will not be tolerated in USL matches,” it read.

“An investigation is currently underway to determine the facts surrounding the incident and more information will be provided as it becomes available.”

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