USSF condemns racist abuse after Copa America loss to Panama

June 28 – The US soccer federation has condemned online racist abuse of their players after their 2-1 defeat by Panama at the Copa America.

“There is absolutely no place in the game for such hateful and discriminatory behaviour,” U.S. Soccer said. “These actions are not only unacceptable but also contrary to the values of respect and inclusivity that we uphold as an organization.”

Tim Weah, who is black, was one of the players targeted by the abuse. The US forward was shown a straight red card in the 18th minute for punching a Panama player in the back of the head in an off-the-ball incident.

The USSF said several of its players were the targets of racist comments and Conmebol, organisers of the tournament, responded: “Our organization works continuously toward the evolution of a new culture that eradicates expressions of racism, offensive content on social media and all forms of violence or discrimination. We condemn attitudes of intolerance in every place and on every occasion, especially those hiding behind social media accounts.”

Weah issued a public apology on social media for a loss of composure that cost his team dearly.

“No matter what, I will always fight for my team and my country till the day I am no longer needed or capable to!” he said. “I sincerely apologize to everyone. My love for this team goes beyond just football and I am so sad and angry at myself for putting my brothers through what they went through tonight.”

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