Belgian footballer Dante Vanzier of the New York Red Bulls has been suspended for six games due to a racist comment. He was also fined by Major League Soccer.
The 24-year-old striker, who has only been playing soccer in the US for two months, has distanced himself from the club “until further notice” due to racial riots. Fanzier is said to have made a racist remark to his opponent Jeremy Ibobisi last Saturday in the game against the San Jose Earthquakes. Because of the commotion that arose on the field, the game was stopped for 20 minutes. Vanzier, who until recently played in the Belgian league in Union, apologized in a statement on Monday.
Ron Jans, now coach of FC Twente, experienced something similar in his time in the United States. Respond to new riots. “I felt like I ended up in a nightmare or a movie on Netflix,” Gans looked back.
“I take full responsibility for my actions,” said the Belgian, who once played for the Red Devils. “While it was not my intention to cause any harm or offense in my language, I know I did and I am deeply sorry.”
Fanzier addressed his New York Red Bulls teammates on Tuesday. “To avoid further distraction, he will not be at the clubhouse until further notice,” the New York team said in a statement.
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