26.09.2020 22:14 h

Galaxy sack player banned for racial slur

Los Angeles Galaxy terminated the contract of reserve team player Omar Ontiveros on Saturday, a day after the defender was given a six-game suspension for racially abusing an opponent.

A statement from Los Angeles Galaxy II, the Major League Soccer club's development side which competes in the United Soccer League professional championship, confirmed Ontiveros had been released.

"LA Galaxy II have mutually agreed to part way with defender Omar Ontiveros," the club said in the statement.

The 25-year-old Ontiveros was sanctioned by USL on Friday for using foul and abusive language during Galaxy II's game against San Diego Loyal on Wednesday.

A USL statement said Ontiveros used a racial slur against an African-American San Diego player in the 71st minute of the game, which he admitted to during a subsequent league investigation.

"None of the facts in the subsequent investigation of the incident by the USL Championship were disputed by any of the involved parties," read the USL statement.

On Friday, San Diego took the unusual step of forfeiting the game, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

"We don't even want to recognise being a part of a match where these types of actions take place," said Loyal chairman Andrew Vassiliadis.

"The Loyal in our name is symbolic of the diversity in our community and as a club we will not stand for this."

If confirmed, the decision to give up the point obtained from the draw -- and hand an extra two points to Galaxy II -- could ultimately cost San Diego a place in the USL playoffs.

The USL's competition strategy committee is to meet at a later date to decide on the status of the result.