San Diego Wave FC release a public statement over a concerning xenophobic-motivated incident that took place over the weekend at Snapdragon Stadium.
On Monday evening, the San Diegan soccer club tweeted a statement addressing an unfortunate moment Saturday night where a Wave FC fan shouted hateful slurs towards a pair of Angel City FC fans of minority demographic.
“At Wave FC, we condemn this behavior in the strongest possible terms,” said president Jill Ellis. “We take a zero tolerance approach to discrimination, including racism on and off the pitch. We want all fans to feel safe and have an enjoyable experience at out matches.”
San Diego Wave FC are asking fans to provide any additional information on the matter by contacting club officials.
“We will be taking additional actions to ensure all fans feel welcome and safe at out matches and in our community,” the tweet mentioned. “Any fan who was present in that area of the venue and has information that can assist the investigation should contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Martin Macias Jr. took to Twitter after the match to publicly share his unfortunate experience after driving down from Los Angeles to support his local team along with his partner.
Macías, Los Angeles resident, said that after the game, “my partner and I were assaulted by a white SD fan who’d earlier told me to ‘get the fuck out of our country.’ She jumped two rows and pushed a family aside just to assault us.”
The National Women Soccer League released a statement on the incident to express their frustration over what took place at Snapdragon Stadium over the weekend.
"The hateful and racist conduct that has been reported from this past weekend's match in San Diego has no place in soccer, sport or society. We will assist and support the investigation that is underway and hold accountable anyone deemed responsible," the league said.