MLS authorities have banned New York Red Bulls forward Dante Vanzeir from participating in six games after he used racist language during their match against the San Jose Earthquakes last Saturday.
Officials stopped the encounter for 15 minutes at Red Bull Arena due to a confrontation involving Vanzeir, a Belgium international.
Although he apologized, acknowledging his mistake and promising to take necessary measures to improve, the league authorities still punished him sternly.
Vanzeir accepts his action and admited that he will try to be a better person
MLS declared the suspension and imposed an unspecified fine on Vanzeir through a statement.
The Statement reads: “League-mandated training and education sessions, as well as a restorative practices programme”.
The league added: “MLS is working with both clubs and the MLS Players Association to provide impacted players and staff with support and resources, and is committed to continuing to review and improve its in-game protocol.”
In an statement, Vanzeir apologized and accepted his actions: “accept full responsibility for my actions”.
“While I did not intend to cause any harm or offense with my language, I know that I did and for that I am deeply sorry.
“I will use this opportunity to better myself, reflect and dedicate my time and efforts to work with organisations that tackle racial injustice.”