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Copa America: Balogun, Weah Suffer Racist Abuse After USA 2-1 Loss To Panama

Copa America: Balogun, Weah Suffer Racist Abuse After USA 2-1 Loss To Panama

Tim Weah, son of Africa football legend, George Weah and former Arsenal Nigerian striker Folarin Balogun and other members of the US national team were racially abused on social media after the Americans were beaten 2-1 by Panama in the Copa America on Thursday night.

The US Soccer Federation issued a statement saying it was ‘deeply disturbed with the racist comments made online.’

Weah was sent off in the 18th minute after punching a Panama player. It was the earliest red card for a US player since Jimmy Conrad was tossed from a 2010 friendly against Honduras.

The Americans nearly held on for a tie, but Panama scored a late goal that put the US hopes of advancing past the first round in serious jeopardy.

After scoring USA’s only goal on Thursday, Balogun shared racist messages he received on Instagram, which included images of primates and emoji bananas.

US Soccer said several of its players were the targets of racist comments, although it declined to name anyone specifically.

“There is absolutely no place in the game for such hateful and discriminatory behavior,’ the statement said, via Daily Mail.

“These actions are not only unacceptable but also contrary to the values of respect and inclusivity that we uphold as an organization.”

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US Soccer will be offering mental health services to any player of staff member who requests it. The governing body also reported the racist abuse to CONMEBOL, the South American organizers of the tournament.

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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  • Racism would continue to hunt these black players of African origin in as much they continue jettisoned their roots.
    When you are in the midst of your race racism would have little or no effect on you as a player because such player would be proud of his or her existence in the team.

  • Four four two 4 weeks ago

    Huh? Sorry?? What on earth are you talking about?? Are you sure you’re okay?? psml!

  • pompei 4 weeks ago

    If you don’t agree with someone and you have nothing to say, SIMPLY WAKA PASS.
    The way you hunted me down and attacked me without provocation, I will give it back to you.
    Ewu CSN elite wannabe. Oloshi.

  • pompei 4 weeks ago

    This 442 chap is such a worthless fellow. Foolish, stupid, clueless.
    His comments lack the benefit of intellect and reason. Yet, he wants to force his ill conceived opinions on others.
    Useless compound fool. Nincompoop of the highest order. Anu mpama like you.
    You are gutter born. Go back to the sewage backed up gutter you crawled out from.

  • pompei 4 weeks ago

    Shebi you like wahala?
    Congrats, problem has found you.
    I am a man of peace, but for you and your type, I’m ready to make an exception.
    Oya, bring it on, you deranged coward!

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