Atlanta United condemn racial abuse directed at Anton Walkes on social media
Atlanta United have condemned racial abuse directed at defender Anton Walkes on social media following a 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union Sunday.
HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Portsmouth on January 9, 2020.
Walkes is a versatile defender who returned to Atlanta after two years in England. The 23-year-old previously played for Atlanta while on loan from Tottenham and started 18 of his 20 appearances across MLS and Concacaf Champions League play in 2020.
OUTSIDE MLS: Returned to Tottenham following the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs and was then loaned to Portsmouth for the remainder of the 2017-18 EFL League One season. He made 12 appearances and scored one goal on his firt team debut and added one assist. Walkes transferred to Portsmouth permanently on July 18, 2018. During the 2018-19 season, he made 24 appearances while scoring one goal and helped lead the club to a fourth-place finish in the table, earning a berth in the League One playoffs. Portsmouth also won its first EFL Trophy after defeating Sunderland 5-4 on penalties in Wembley Stadium. Walkes made 10 appearances during the 2019-2020 season and scored one goal during EFL Trophy play. He spent his entire youth career with Spurs and ultimately made his First Team debut against Gillingham on Sept. 21, 2016, subbing on for the final 10 minutes during a 5-0 win in the Third Round of EFL Cup. Walkes also appeared in two matches during the 2016 International Champions Cup (ICC) against Atletico Madrid and Juventus.
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