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Major Link Soccer: San Diego Loyal walk away from second game due to opponent’s slur

A slur was directed at Collin Martin and the club decided to walk off the pitch.

Soccer: San Francisco Deltas at Phoenix Rising FC Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Last night, the San Diego Loyal walked off the field in their match against the Phoenix Rising after a Phoenix player used a homophobic slur against Collin Martin. This comes on the heels of a racial slur being used by (now former) Los Dos player Omar Ontiveros against a San Diego Loyal player. Racism, homophobia, sexism, and all kinds of hate and discrimination have no place in this sport, in any sport, or in society at all. I applaud Collin Martin, his teammates, Landon Donovan, and the entire San Diego Loyal organization for walking off the pitch to stand up for their teammate and for what is right.


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The league is aware and is investigating the usage of a homophobic slur used in the game last night. USL Championship Statement – San Diego Loyal SC vs. Phoenix Rising FC

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