Ex-West Ham players walk out of football tournament after opponent’s alleged racial slur

A West Ham United logo at the London Stadium during the Europa Conference League Semi-Final First Leg between West Ham United and AZ Alkmaar at the London Stadium, Stratford on Thursday 11th May 2023. (Photo by Michael Driver /MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The first held football tournament saw a protest from former West Ham players. (Photo by Michael Driver/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

A group of former West Ham United players walked off the pitch during a soccer tournament match on Thursday after a player from opposing Dallas United used a racial slur.

The organizers of The Soccer Tournament, a 7v7 open to the public event hosted by the people behind The Basketball Tournament, announced later that night that Dallas United had withdrawn from the competition after investigating the incident and speaking with the directors of both clubs:

“Having investigated the final moments of the game between West Ham United and Dallas United, we have concluded that Dallas United breached TST’s Code of Conduct. We have spoken to the management of both clubs and we all agree. agreement that the best The way forward is Dallas United’s withdrawal from the competition All parties involved are united in wanting to make a statement against racial insensitivity.

“We are looking to put on an event that is not only extremely high stakes for all competitors, but also an event in which all competitors feel safe and protected.

“As a result, tomorrow’s match between Dallas United and Far East United has been cancelled.”

According to The Athletic, TST officials say a Dallas player started using the N-word towards a West Ham player. Former West Ham centre-back Anton Ferdinand, who played for the Hammers from 2003 to 2008, was initially thought to be the target of the insult, but it was later clarified that it was striker Frank Noble.

The match referee did not hear the insult, according to ESPN. The incident came towards the end of the game with Dallas leading 2-0 as West Ham players walked away after a long delay. Asked by journalists about what happened, Ferdinand reportedly said “racism” without giving further details.

Dallas United, a team comprised mostly of Dallas-area amateur players, acknowledged the allegation but did not confirm or dispute its veracity in its own statement:

West Ham United played against Mo Ali FC again on Friday, with both sides taking an early knee.

The incident comes during the inaugural soccer tournament, which also includes former players from Borussia Dortmund, Wrexham, Wolves and others competing for a grand prize of $1million in Cary, North Carolina.

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