SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Loyal forfeited a United Soccer League match Wednesday night time in protest towards an anti-gay slur apparently hurled at considered one of its gamers.
The remark towards Collin Martin, who’s brazenly homosexual, was stated to be made close to the top of the primary half of the match towards Phoenix Rising at Torero Stadium.
Martin’s teammates had been seen rallying round him as they walked off the sphere at halftime.
Martin is a former member of Minnesota United and got here out in June 2018. On the time, he was the one brazenly homosexual participant within the main males’s skilled sports activities leagues in america.
“I by no means thought that was utterly necessary as a result of I believed it’d been accomplished earlier than,” Martin stated in an interview with the Star Tribune that summer season. “However, I imply, you go searching, there’s nonetheless not an out skilled athlete within the 5 main sports activities in America … proper now. So it’s nonetheless necessary.”
After they got here again out for the second half, Loyal’s gamers and coaches took a knee after which walked off, thereby forfeiting the match. Loyal was profitable Three-1 on the time.
“SD Loyal forfeited the match in help of Martin and the variety that the membership stands for inside its group,” the membership stated.
Landon Donovan, who owns and coaches the San Diego workforce , may very well be seen in a heated confrontation with Phoenix head coach Rick Schlantz over easy methods to proceed earlier than becoming a member of his gamers within the walk-off.
Yahoo Sports activities reported: “The dialog is tough to make out, however Donovan appears to say ‘We have now to get this out of our recreation … it’s homophobia.’ “
Loyal stated in an announcement that gamers and coaches heard the slur, however the match referees did nothing about it.
Loyal forfeited its earlier match — a 1-1 draw towards LA Galaxy II — after participant Elijah Martin was the sufferer of a racial slur by an opponent within the second half.
“SD Loyal finishes its first season within the USL Championship with consecutive forfeits,” the membership stated, “making a robust message that it’s going to not stand for such habits.”
A midfielder, Martin is a seven-year Main League Soccer veteran who performed in 26 matches for Minnesota United from 2017 to 2019 after 4 seasons with D.C. United. The United Soccer League, the place he at present performs, is a second dvision league and regarded to be the highest minor league in United States soccer.