Major League Soccer has concluded its investigation into an allegation that a Minnesota United player used racially abusive and offensive language directed at another player during the team’s match against the Portland Timbers on June 26.  

Immediately after the match, MLS opened an investigation into the allegation outlined in the Referee Match Report and communicated through public statements made by Portland team officials.

MLS conducted a thorough review of the incident, which included interviews with the match official and players, as well as an examination of all available audio and video footage from the match. 

While MLS found the allegation to be made in good faith, the League could not corroborate or refute the allegation.  

MLS will use this moment to reinforce its commitment, and the commitment of each of its Clubs, to an environment that is free from discrimination or harassment and treats all participants with respect and inclusivity.

MLS mandates that all players complete annual Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Training, which takes place during the preseason. Clubs are required to ensure that all players who arrive after preseason complete such testing, and any players who have not done so must do so promptly. Clubs that do not comply with this policy will be subject to League fines.

MNUFC Statement:

Minnesota United FC unequivocally supports the principles of inclusion, equality and respect - both in words and actions - for our sport, our League, our community and our society. There is no place for racism, homophobia, or misogyny in any form. All individuals deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.

We appreciate and fully supported the thorough investigation by MLS, whose findings mirror our own review of the situation. Our club remains committed to spreading the values inherent in the unparalleled global sport of soccer throughout our broader community. We will continue the hard work necessary on our shared journey towards a truly inclusive and just society.

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