San Diego Wave officers are asking followers who attended Saturday’s debut soccer match at Snapdragon Stadium to assist make clear an alleged hate incident.
In a tweet posted Monday night, the Nationwide Ladies’s Soccer League membership mentioned a Wave fan reportedly directed a “hateful slur and actions” in direction of two visiting Angel Metropolis FC followers.
“At Wave FC, we condemn this habits within the strongest attainable phrases,” mentioned president Jill Ellis. “We take a zero tolerance strategy to discrimination, together with racism on and off the pitch. We would like all followers to really feel secure and have an satisfying expertise at out matches.”
In a 189-word assertion, the first-year membership mentioned it has been involved with these “immediately impacted in addition to a couple of key witnesses.”
The membership mentioned it’s working with stadium safety and employees to additional examine this incident.
“We can be taking extra actions to make sure all followers really feel welcome and secure at out matches and in our group,” the tweet added. “Any fan who was current in that space of the venue and has data that may help the investigation ought to contact the membership at [email protected]”
It wasn’t instantly clear who mentioned what, however a reply to the Twitter assertion referenced the truth that all however one Angel Metropolis gamers knelt throughout the nationwide anthem.
Martín Macías Jr. tweeted a photograph and mentioned: “That is the girl who instructed us ‘stand for the flag or get the fuck overseas.’ No racism and xenophobia in fútbol.” (It wasn’t instantly clear whether or not the Wave was citing this incident.)
Macías, an audio producer with Lemonade Media, mentioned that after the sport, “my associate and I have been assaulted by a white SD fan who’d earlier instructed me to ‘get the fuck out of our nation.’ She jumped two rows and pushed a household apart simply to assault us.”
He mentioned he was seated in Part 328, Row 8, on the stadium, the place 32,000-plus followers made up the biggest crowd in NWSL historical past.
“When you have been in/close to that part and took any photographs/video after the ultimate whistle tell us,” he mentioned.
Others steered the fan concerned needs to be banned from attending future Wave video games.
However one other tweet steered the incident occurred elsewhere — within the “supporter’s part — which was ultimately zone space. (Part 328 is higher deck midfield on the west facet.)
In March, the ladies’s soccer league imposed a lifetime ban on a fan for “an alleged act of racial discrimination between two followers” within the stands throughout a match between the North Carolina Braveness and NJ/NY Gotham FC.
“The NWSL is dedicated to making sure its matches and occasions are a spot for celebrating its groups, entertaining followers, constructing group and advancing the values of fairness and inclusion,” the league mentioned. “Racism and discrimination is not going to be tolerated by anybody related to the NWSL, together with its followers, or at any league-sponsored occasions.”
In October 2020, a Phoenix Rising FC participant who directed a homophobic slur at San Diego Loyal midfielder Collin Martin was suspended by USL Championship for six video games, overlaying your entire 2020 playoffs.