CARY, N.C. (AP) — The Dallas United soccer team withdrew from a 32-team, seven-on-seven soccer tournament following an alleged racial slur during a match against West Ham.
West Ham led 2-0 at the end of regulation in a match with a target score of 3 on Thursday night. West Ham players became agitated, there was yelling between the teams and West Ham players left, according to a Raleigh News & Observer report on the alleged racial slur.
“We have concluded that Dallas United violated TST’s code of conduct,” organizers of the competition, known as The Soccer Tournament, said on Twitter. “We have been in dialogue with leadership from both clubs and we are all aligned that the best path forward is Dallas United withdrawing from competition.”
Friday’s match between Dallas United and Far East United was canceled.
Dallas United said on Twitter that its players decided to withdraw from the tournament, which began Thursday and runs through Sunday.
Wrexham, a Welsh club bought in 2020 by actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, is among the teams in the tournament. Wrexham has been promoted to the fourth tier of English soccer for the 2023-24 season.
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