Het Nieuwsblad are reporting that former Union St Gilloise striker Dante Vanzeir’s MLS career could already be over. The striker admitted to using racist language towards an opponent during New York Red Bulls match against San Jose Earthquakes. The striker has been suspended pending investigation by his club and the league, although he himself has already admitted to using the accused term.
In an Instagram post, the striker said “I will do everything I can to be part of the change that needs to happen in this sport and in our world. I also want to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the club and our fans. I made a mistake and will take all the necessary steps to grow. I take full responsibility for my actions. While I did not intend to offend or offend anyone with my language, I know what I have done and I am deeply sorry. I will agree to any suspension, fine, and counseling imposed on me by Major League Soccer and the club. I will take this opportunity to improve myself, reflect, and dedicate my time and energy to work with organizations that address racial inequality.”
Vanzeir only moved to the MLS in January, after a long and drawn out transfer saga. The report expects that, despite the lucrative contract that the player signed with the club and the fee they paid, the decision by the team could well be to tear up that contract. Vanzeir had scored once in his six appearances for the side this season.
During his time with Union, the striker helped them gain promotion from the second tier and fight for a title. In 91 games for the club he scored 48 goals and provided 21 assists. If he were to be kicked out of the MLS, it is likely that a number of Belgian clubs would be lining up for his signature. However, one would hope that lessons would be learnt from the incident and the player understands why what he said was offensive and wrong.