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MLS statement: Zero tolerance for racist abuse, MLS will conduct immediate investigation

The MLS Commissioner has spoken.

CD Chivas USA v Real Salt Lake Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/MLS via Getty Images

The news, sometimes, travels faster than the speed of light.

The latest bit we’ve got for you over here is that Major League Soccer has issued a statement about Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen after a report in The Athletic described him as having used abuse, racist language toward players and staff.

MLS’s statement from MLS Commissioner Don Garber:

We are deeply concerned about the allegations made in a report published this evening concerning language used by and the conduct of Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen. Major League Soccer has zero tolerance for this type of language or conduct and will immediately commence an investigation.

This meets with the MLS Players Association demand that MLS conduct an investigation. We will see if Dell Loy Hansen will be forced to sell the club. Major League Soccer is well within their rights to do so under the MLS Constitution.

Rumors emerged earlier today that the MLS Board of Governors had meant to discuss Hansen and a potential forced sale. Those rumors predated the piece from The Athletic.