Following a 2018 U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal between LAFC and the Portland Timbers played on Wednesday night, LAFC forward Adama Diomande alleged in a social media post that a racial slur was directed toward him on the field during the match.
Today was the first time in my professional career that I was called the «N» word on the field. They will say sorry to me after the game and please let it go, but If I don’t say anything racism will just continue to grow. No matter which country, color, religion or which language your speaking we all are human being and we should respect each other no matter what! #saynotoracism 🧔🏻🧔🏼🧔🏽🧔🏾🧔🏿
In response to the allegations, Portland released the following statement, first published by ESPN FC:
"The club is aware of the accusations posted on Instagram following Wednesday night's U.S. Open Cup game and is in direct communication with LAFC management, league officials and internal staff to gather more information. At this time, we are awaiting more details as we actively continue to investigate the matter. The club will provide further information when it becomes available.
"The Timbers and those associated with the club do not tolerate discriminatory, disrespectful or offensive behavior of any kind, under any circumstances, and it does not reflect the values of the club or the community which it represents."