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MLS suspends Philadelphia Union’s Kai Wagner for three matches



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Philadelphia Union’s left back Kai Wagner will not be with the team for the next three games. Major League Soccer announced the three-match suspension as a result of Wagner violating the league’s on-field anti-discrimination policies. This development follows recent reports of Wagner’s non-involvement in the team’s travel to New England due to a pending investigation.

Major League Soccer’s decision comes in the aftermath of a reported incident that occurred during the Union’s first game with the New England Revolution on October 28. Initial reports suggested Wagner was under investigation for the use of a discriminatory slur.  The league’s verdict underscores its strict policies against discrimination and its commitment to maintaining the sport’s integrity.

The suspension means he will miss the Union’s next playoff game against New England on November 8th and the if necessary the third game in the best of three series against the Revolution on November 12th. Depending on how the Union do with the rest of the playoffs, Wagner could return to the team for either the Eastern Conference finals or MLS Cup. The 26-year-old left back must also participate in mandatory educational sessions as part of his sanction.

Philadelphia Union did release a statement about the suspension through their social media accounts. The statement says “We support the ruling of Major League Soccer and value the importance and seriousness of fostering an environment that is inclusive to all.” It went on to say “The Philadelphia Union does not condone any form of harassment, discrimination or abusive language.”

Sean Sullivan is an Associate Editor for Philadelphia Soccer Now/Brotherly Game, where he has spent the past few years covering game day events for the Philadelphia Union. In his day job, he oversees creative and studio production for a corporate event streaming company based in the Philadelphia region.

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