The Belgian international admitted making racist comments and apologized

New York Red Bulls Belgian striker Dante Vanjier has apologized for making racist comments during Tuesday’s MLS game against the San Jose Earthquakes. San Jose forward Jeremy Ibobis said he heard a player make a racist comment, causing the game to be suspended for 15 minutes.

A new recruit who is off to a strong start. Feb 3 Arriving in MLS from Union Saint-Giloise, New York Red Bulls’ Belgian striker, Dante Vangeir (1 cap with Belgium), has apologized for making racist comments after a game against the San Jose Earthquakes on Tuesday. The game was even interrupted for about 15 minutes after an altercation with American Jeremy Ibobis, who allegedly insulted the referee.

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The name of the player who made the racist comment was not released by the San Jose Earthquakes forward, who said only that he received insults from opposing players. While suspending play, MLS immediately announced that it was launching an investigation, and the New York club assured that it was at the disposal of the American League.

The perpetrator revealed his name after the meeting by posting a press release on his social network to apologize for making these racist comments. Dante Vanzire said he was “deeply sorry” and would accept any “suspension, fines and counseling” imposed by the league. “I will do everything in my power to be a part of the change that needs to happen in this sport and in our world,” he said.

“I made a mistake”

“I also want to apologize to my teammates, my coach, the organization and our supporters. I made a mistake and I will take all the necessary steps to improve. I take full responsibility for my actions. I did not mean to hurt or insult. With my language, But I know I did and I’m deeply sorry.”

The incident happened in the second half and the match was stopped for 15 minutes after Ibobis and Vanzeire got involved with other players. Ibobis said the San Jose players considered leaving the field but chose not to “because the player who said the words said he wasn’t targeting any of us.”

“I should have taken Dante Vanzeire off the game immediately”

Dante Vanzeir, who celebrated his first start with the Red Bulls in the match after his move from Belgian club Royal Union Saint-Gilois, played on until being substituted in the 86th minute. And his manager Gerhard Struber also later apologized in a statement, saying he should have replaced Vanzier immediately.

“I made the decision that it was best to give the information I had at the time,” he said. Remove Dante Vanzire from the game immediately.”

In a third statement, the Red Bulls said “the noise and inaction are inexcusable”. “The New York Red Bulls sincerely apologize for the unacceptable incident that occurred Saturday night against the San Jose Earthquakes. We always strive to create an inclusive and anti-racist environment. Our organization is committed to providing the necessary resources to further educate our players and staff, as well as Rebuilding trust in our community.”

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