(May 30, 2021) Albuquerque, NM - New Mexico United has been made aware of allegations of verbal racial abuse directed at Loudoun United players during last night’s match.
We take these allegations incredibly seriously, and will conduct a full investigation, in collaboration with the United Soccer League. Any fan found to have directed any form of racial abuse toward players, coaches, staff, referees or other individuals will receive a lifetime ban from New Mexico United matches, stadiums and activities, without exception.
Frustration over the outcome of a match, performance of a team, player, referee or other individual is no excuse for abuse of any kind. New Mexico United will never tolerate hate in our stands.
In addition, throwing of food, beverages, or other items at referees, players, coaches or other individuals or toward the field of play is not only prohibited, but against who we profess to be as New Mexicans. This behavior will similarly not be tolerated.
While United is planning to appeal the red card awarded to Austin Yearwood in last night’s match, we encourage each member of our United family to look inward and recognize that the men and women involved in matchday are human beings, and their safety, mental well-being and humanity are more important than the result of any match.
About New Mexico United
New Mexico United, the state’s first professional soccer franchise, brings the most popular sport in the world home to the Land of Enchantment. Fueled by a passion for community, New Mexico United’s promise is to provide a platform that brings New Mexicans together for a unique sporting experience, celebrating the unity and excitement inherent in world-class soccer.
The USL is one of the most successful professional soccer leagues in the world, reaching a population of more than 84 million and fueling the growth of the game across North America. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, the USL provides unparalleled club support with a growing team of more than 50 professionals across 17 departments, ranging from operations to marketing, communications, and sponsorship. The USL has a national media partnership with ESPN, wherein all league matches are broadcast on ESPN+, ESPN3 and across linear channels. The league also operates USL Productions, which includes a state-of-the-art facility that produces and distributes more than 500 league matches and more than 1,000 hours of original content to national partners, local affiliates and international markets throughout the 2018 season.