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MLS investigation inconclusive following allegations of racial abuse toward Timbers player

Minnesota United defender Justin Davis sends a cross towards goal. Photo: Photo: MN United. Minnesota United defender Justin Davis sends a cross towards goal.

Kyle Brown
Updated: July 05, 2021 02:07 PM
Created: July 05, 2021 01:59 PM

Major League Soccer announced Monday it has closed an investigation into allegations that a Minnesota United player used racially abusive language toward a Portland Timbers player during a match in Portland on June 26.

After the match, Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese said a Loons player used a "discriminatory word" toward midfielder Diego Chara, who is Black and from Colombia.

Following that accusation, MLS said it opened an investigation, which involved interviews with the match official and players and an examination of audio and video recordings of the match.

In its statement on Monday, the league said it was not able to reach a definitive answer as to what happened.

"While MLS found the allegation to be made in good faith, the League could not corroborate or refute the allegation," MLS said.

"MLS will use this moment to reinforce its commitment, and the commitment of each of its Clubs, to an environment that is free from discrimination or harassment and treats all participants with respect and inclusivity."

Minnesota United responded with a statement, which reads, in part:

"We appreciate and fully supported the thorough investigation by MLS, whose findings mirror our own review of the situation. Our club remains committed to spreading the values inherent in the unparalleled global sport of soccer throughout our broader community. We will continue the hard work necessary on our shared journey towards a truly inclusive and just society."


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