MLS investigating report of racial slur used against Timbers Diego Chara


The Portland Timbers lost to Minnesota United on Saturday, 1-0, but the result isn't what has people talking. 

What does have people's attention is what happened in the 65th minute. 

It was at that point of the game that the action was stopped after a racial slur was reportedly used against Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Chara. 

The referee talked to both coaches while Minnesota's Franco Fragapane, who reportedly used the slur, was kept away by teammates.

"I am very and extremely disappointed that still at this time we have to deal with situations that should not be happening anymore or in any sport," coach Gio Savarese said after the game. "It's things that are not acceptable and in this game there was a situation that had to do with a racist situation. A discriminatory word that has been said to one of our players that cannot have any place in anywhere or in any situation or any sport, nowhere."

We are all in support of Diego Chara.

Gio Savarese

"What happened to him today, the discriminatory word that was said to him, should not have a place anywhere at this time and I am extremely disappointed that it was not taken as seriously as it should have been. The whole team, myself, the whole organization, is with Diego Chara in this situation that happened on the field today."

Minnesota United issued a statement, saying the team "has been investigating the matter and the player involved in the reported incident has denied making any derogatory remarks... We will support the league in any investigation it chooses to make around the alleged event."


According to Major League Soccer, the league is also aware of the alleged use of a racial slur and has stated that "MLS has zero-tolerance for abusive and offensive language, and we take these allegations very seriously. An investigation into this matter has already begun. Further information will be provided upon completion of that investigation."