DC United and forward Taxi Fountas agree to terminate contract after second allegation of using racist language in the last year
DC United and Taxi Fountas have mutually agreed to terminate the striker’s contract after it was alleged for a second time that the player used racist language, the team announced.
Fountas, who is white, was placed on administrative leave by MLS on July 21, following allegations that he racially abused black teammate Nigel Robertha during a game six days prior.
The league deemed those allegations to be ‘credible’, DC United said in a statement.
‘There is no place for racism, homophobia, misogyny, or discrimination of any kind in our sport and world and D.C. United do not tolerate any acts of this nature,’ the team said.
Fountas was also the subject of an investigation last September for allegedly directing a racial slur at then-Inter Miami defender Damion Lowe.
Taxi Fountas has parted ways with DC United after being accused of racism on two occasions
Fountas (second right) was previously embroiled in a racism incident in September, and was immediately taken off the field by his manager Wayne Rooney (right)
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That allegation was also deemed to be ‘credible’ but MLS said it was unable to prove whether the N-word was used against Lowe.
The latest alleged incident occurred during a game on July 15 against New England Revolution, in which Fountas began arguing with Robertha in the 67th minute.
The Athletic reported that the disagreement on the field carried on into the locker room post-match, when Robertha struck Fountas with a foam roller.
It is claimed that Robertha later told team officials that Fountas used the N-word, sparking an immediate MLS investigation.
Both players were initially placed on administrative leave, but Robertha was reinstated on July 24.
Eleven months ago, Fountas was at the center of another MLS probe after he was accused of directing a racial slur at Lowe.
The latest incident involved Nigel Robertha (above), who has since been reinstated to the team
Greek player Fountas took to Instagram to deny accusations that he said the N-word last year
The alleged incident occurred on September 18, and was said to have been heard by one of Lowe’s teammates Aime Mabika.
In the days following the conclusion of that investigation, Fountas broke his silence to hit back at the claims and insist he did not use the N-word against his opponent.
Writing on social media, Fountas said: ‘I am happy to anounce (sic) that the investigation of the MLS concerning the accusation of racism is finished and closed.
‘No evidence of racist behavior by me. I always respect the culture, religion and every human.