USL team wants to forfeit point earned in game marred by racial slur

The USL Championship expansion team San Diego Loyal says it will forfeit the point earned its 1-1 tie at LA Galaxy II on Wednesday after a racial slur was directed at a Loyal player during the match.

“We don’t even want to recognize being a part of a match where these types of actions take place,” said SD Loyal chairman Andrew Vassiliadis. “The Loyal in our name is symbolic of the diversity in our community and as a club we will not stand for this.”

The USL Championship has issued a six-game suspension and undisclosed fine to LA Galaxy II's Omar Ontiveros for addressing the racial slur. The incident took place in the 71st minute of the 1-1 tie in Carson. None of the facts in the subsequent investigation of the incident by the USL Championship were disputed.

According to the Loyal, Ontiveros used the n-word toward a player it identified as being later red carded (Elijah Martin) and the exchange was heard by referees and Galaxy II coaching staff and players but the Loyal coaching staff did not learn of the incident until the match was over.

In the first minute of stoppage time, two minutes after Martin's second yellow card, 17-year-old Alejandro Alvarado equalized for Galaxy II.

The result left the Group B standings as follows:

1. Phoenix Rising 26 points, three games to play
2. San Diego Loyal 23 points, one game to play
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3. LA Galaxy II 22 points, three games to play
4. Orange County SC 21 points, three games to play
5. Las Vegas Lights 9 points, three games to play

The USL Championship must decide whether to keep the standings as they are, respect the Loyal's wishes and deduct its point or deduct the Loyal's point and give Galaxy II the win and the three points. (The latter is unlikely.)

Ontiveros, who was born in Texas, spent time in Mexico in Santos' youth program, played two seasons at CS Grevenmacher in Luxembourg before moving to the USL Championship, first with Rio Grande Valley FC and then Galaxy II in 2019.

At 25, he is one of the Galaxy II's veterans. It played eight teenagers in the match against San Diego.
9 comments about "USL team wants to forfeit point earned in game marred by racial slur".
  1. Wooden Ships, September 26, 2020 at 9:42 a.m.

    Referee(s) heard and no card? 

  2. Bob Ashpole replied, September 26, 2020 at 3:58 p.m.

    Good point. I imagine there is a behind the scenes stir in Referee land over the lack of action.

  3. Matthew Provino, September 26, 2020 at 3:12 p.m.

    There was a yellow card given to Ontiveros at that time. Not sure if it was for aggressive play or for the slur.  


    The incident occurred right in front of the 4th official and the Galaxy II coach on the near sideline as the ball had gone out after a challenge from Ontiveros against Martin.  Martins had fallen over the ball while the ref had awarded a thrown in for LAG2. Ontiveros then aggressively pushed Martin, who was still down on the ball, off the ball a couple times which is where I believe the incident occurred.  Commentary on ESPN+ were unaware what had occurred.

  4. Bob Ashpole replied, September 26, 2020 at 4:01 p.m.

    If the yellow was for agressive play, then there should have been 2 cards issued.

  5. Bob Ashpole replied, September 26, 2020 at 4:03 p.m.

    My assumption is that the official did not hear the insult and awarded the yellow for misconduct after play had stopped.

  6. Randy Vogt replied, September 26, 2020 at 7:29 p.m.

    Let's hope that was the scenario. A racial slur or any type of slur--ethnic, sexual orientation, etc.--is a send off for offensive language. There can be no compromise on this issue. And yet there will be times when a slur goes unpunished as none of the officials heard it.

  7. Matthew Provino, September 26, 2020 at 3:17 p.m.

    And the Galaxy have released Ontiveros as well. 

  8. Hugh McCracken, September 29, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.

    Wouldn't the slur and the rough handling constitute something more Bob? Or, are you stating that 2 yellows = a red?

  9. Bob Ashpole replied, September 30, 2020 at 3:06 a.m.

    The racial slur should have been a straight red. Because of the restart, the yellow would be for misconduct after play stopped. Then a red, which was not given, should have been shown for the racial slur. Two cards.

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