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DC United coach fired for using discriminatory gesture

DC United has fired a coach for posting a discriminatory gesture on social media, and in addition to that, players Taxi Fountas and Nigel Robertha have been suspended.

The team released a statement stating that the decision to terminate the unnamed coach’s contract was made upon the discovery of the “discriminatory hand gesture” in a social media post published on Thursday.

Following an internal review, DC United announced the immediate termination of the trainer’s contract in a brief statement issued by the club on Friday.

“There is no place for racism, homophobia, misogyny, or discrimination of any kind in our sport and world and DC United do not tolerate any acts of this nature,” the statement added.

It is uncertain if the trainer in question will be identified later. The gesture in question is the ‘okay’ emoji, which has become associated with the far-right and is now considered a racist symbol.

As a result of possible MLS violations, the club has placed Fountas and Robertha on administrative leave.

“D.C. United promptly reported the matter to the League Office at which point MLS began to gather all available information.” a statement said. “The players will be unavailable for team activities during the pendency of that review. Placement on paid administrative leave is not a disciplinary measure.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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