new york red bulls player Dante Vanzeil He received a six-match suspension for using racist language in his team’s 1-1 draw. san jose earthquake Saturday.
The suspension only counts for games in the MLS season, but VanZea cannot participate in the Lamar Hunt League Cup, MLS Next Pro games or exhibition games while suspended.
The Belgian player has previously been absent from the team, saying he would accept a suspension, fine or counseling for his actions.
“Major League Soccer Suspends Red Bulls Forward Dante Vanzeil MLS said in a statement six games of the MLS regular season that he used racist language during the New York Red Bulls vs. San Jose Earthquakes game on April 8, 2023.
“The league will also impose an undisclosed fine, requiring Vanzer to attend additional league-mandated training and education sessions, as well as a recovery practice program.
“MLS is working with both clubs and the MLSPA to provide support and resources to affected players and staff, and is committed to continuing to review and improve in-game protocols,” the league said in a statement. added.
What happened during and after the game?
At the end of the 90 minutes, a player nearly left the pitch while the referee tried to control the situation, so the referee decided to add another 21.
The San Jose players were shocked and angry at Van Zea’s remarks and called off the game.Despite pleas from players and opponents’ coaches, Vanzeil was not kicked off the field by manager Gerhard Struber Luci Gonzalez.
Following an incident involving the San Jose forward during Saturday’s game, the team said, “During Saturday’s game, we became aware that one of our players was allegedly using racist slurs on the field. ‘ said. Jeremy Ebobisalong with other Earthquake players, accused Van Zea of using racial slurs.
“I take full responsibility for my actions. I didn’t mean to hurt or offend with my words, but I know I did and I deeply regret it. Suspension offered by Major League Baseball. I agree to , a fine, and counseling.Football and clubs,” was Van Zea’s statement earlier this week.
“What we saw shouldn’t be part of the game. I know what I heard,” Ebovis said after the game. “This is what it’s like to be black in a situation like this. You can’t be wrong. You can’t trample on anything other than what you know to be true. Even in times of pain that make me feel pretty helpless.” , must proceed with absolute caution.”
Struber has released the following statement regarding his decision not to exclude Van Zeil from the match.
“During Saturday’s game, I made a decision that I thought was the best based on the information I had at the time. It was to sack the game’s Vanzer,” he explained.
On Tuesday, Van Zea announced to his teammates that he would be leaving the club until further notice. yeah.
Vanzeir’s leave of absence and the timeline for the league to complete its investigation are unknown at this time.