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Loudoun United Respond to Alleged Racial Abuse of Red Bull II's Mandela Egbo

Loudoun United FC have launched an investigation into racial abuse from the team's supporters directed at New York Red Bull II defender Mandela Egbo and other players. The team was made aware of the situation after Egbo posted on social media, making the team and world aware of what happened.

"One of our young strikers kept his ultimate cool when monkey chants were aimed at him by these same section of fans behind the goal," stated Egbo in his post in response to a replay of his goal by the USL Championship. "I would hope that audio from the whole second half's footage is being listened to very, very, closely by the powers that be."

The incident occurred in the second half after Omar Sowe earned a penalty to win the game against Loudoun last night. Egbo converted the penalty to give the Red Bulls their first USL win of 2021. It is in this time that the incident occurred, bringing to light a continued trend of abuse towards players of color around the world.

Loudoun responded quickly but it will remain to be seen if anything is done about the incident. Still, it is a positive step forward that the club responded as quickly as they did with the hope that a resolution will be met.

"The club are working diligently to investigate the situation," stated the team in their social media post. "Any fan in attendance found to be involved in this matter will be held accountable for their abhorrent behavior and served a lifetime ban from all future Loudoun United FC matches and events at Segra Field."


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