LA Galaxy issue statement on racist posts by Tea Katai, wife of Aleksandar Katai

The LA Galaxy issued a statement on Wednesday night condemning social media posts by Tea Katai, wife of LA Galaxy midfielder Aleksandar Katai. According to that statement, a meeting will be held with Katai on Thursday to "determine next steps."

The full text of the club statement follows below:

Earlier today, the LA Galaxy were made aware of a series of racist and violent social media posts by Tea Katai, the wife of LA Galaxy midfielder Aleksandar Katai. The LA Galaxy strongly condemned the social posts and requested their immediate removal. The LA Galaxy stands firmly against racism of any kind, including that which suggests violence or seeks to demean the efforts of those in pursuit of racial equality.

The LA Galaxy stand with communities of color, and especially the Black community, in the protests and fight against systemic racism, social inequality, bigotry and violence. The LA Galaxy will hold a meeting with Katai on Thursday, June 4 and will determine next steps.

Now is the time to reflect on our role in helping fight racism in our community.

Katai, who was signed as a free agent by the Galaxy in December 2019 after two MLS seasons with the Chicago Fire, apologized for the posts on Instagram, calling them a "mistake from my family": 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Serbian international winger started in each of the two league matches played by the club before the forced hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.