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Red Bulls forward Dante Vanzeir suspended six games for use of racist language



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New York Red Bulls forward Dante Vanzeir has been suspended for six games for the use of racist language, Major League Soccer announced on Thursday.

The designated player was involved in a dust-up with San Jose Earthquakes on April 8 where he used a racial slur. The suspension also prohibits him from participating in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, MLS Next Pro games and exhibition matches.

He’ll miss the game against the Philadelphia Union on May 6 at Red Bull Arena.

MLS also imposed an undisclosed fine and will require Vanzeir to participate in additional mandated training and education sessions, as well as a “restorative practices program.”

The league is also working with the clubs and the MLSPA to provide impacted players and staff with support and resources and is reviewing its in-game protocol.

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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