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Dell Loy Hansen takes leave of absence after comments, racial abuse allegations

The move comes as scrutiny of his words and actions is increasing.

Lucas Muller | RSL Soapbox

With pressure build on Dell Loy Hansen to sell Real Salt Lake, and with pressure building on Major League Soccer to take action in regard to Hansen’s ownership of Real Salt Lake, Utah Soccer, LLC has announced that the owner has taken a leave of absence.

The announcement says Hansen will be taking a leave from operations of the three clubs under the Utah Soccer umbrella, which is the company which oversees operations at Real Salt Lake, Utah Royals, and Real Monarchs.

The full statement is as follows:

As MLS and NWSL commence their investigations, Utah Soccer will ensure full cooperation, including seeking to answer any questions the leagues may have about the statements made by Mr. Hansen regarding athlete boycotts and allegations in a resulting article. As an organization, our priority is our employees, our teams, our players, and our fans, and Mr. Hansen in particular cares deeply for each of these individuals who works so hard to make Utah Soccer the success that it is.

During the pendency of these investigations, and until further notice, Mr. Hansen will be taking a leave of absence from all RSL, URFC, and Monarchs operations. The existing Soccer Executive Group at Utah Soccer will assume all management of the organization.