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D.C United forward denies using racist slur

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DC United forward Taxi Fontas on Monday denied using racist slurs during his team’s loss to Inter Miami as Major League Soccer launched an investigation into the incident.

Fontas was accused of using the N-word after he tangled up with Inter Miami defenseman Damian Lowe in Sunday’s afternoon clash at Audi Field.

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Greece international Funtas has been replaced by United boss Wayne Rooney after Miami players said they would not continue to play if he remained on the field.

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However, on Monday, Fountas flatly refused to use the language, which caused the game to be stopped for several minutes.

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“I did not use the word that I am accused of,” Fauntas said on his Instagram. “This is a disgusting racial slur I condemn and have not used.

“We had a heated discussion on the field. But I did not offend anyone on racial grounds. I strongly reject racism in any form.

“This is mean… I always respect the culture, religion and skin color of every person. Therefore, I am very upset by this accusation and saddened by the false accusation.”

Major League Soccer launched an investigation into the incident, warning that it has “zero tolerance” for offensive language.

“MLS has zero tolerance for insults and insults and we take these accusations very seriously,” the league said in a statement.

“An investigation into this case will begin immediately. Additional information will be provided upon completion of this investigation.”

Inter Miami boss Phil Neville said after the game that Fountas used “the worst word in the world”.

“We are a club that prides itself on being diverse and included in our workforce and fans, and racism has no place at all on the football field or in society,” Neville said.

“An unacceptable word in society was used. It’s the worst word in the world.”

Miami defender DeAndre Yedlin said he expected action from MLS, calling the incident an “incredibly dark moment.”

“We’ll see what MLS does with it,” Yedlin said. “I will look at it a lot. They must take action, speak up and show that this has no place not only in the game, but also in society, ”he added.

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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