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USL player cut for racial slur

Omar Ontiveras, Elijah Martin

Los Angeles Galaxy II has “mutually agreed to part ways” with Omar Ontiveros after the defender called San Diego Loyal defender Elijah Martin the n-word in the 71st minute of the 1-1 draw between the clubs Wednesday.

The United Soccer League had already issued a six-game suspension for Ontiveros.

SD Loyal officials have said both LA Galaxy II coaching staff and officials heard the slur when Ontiveros said it, but did not respond or enact any discipline.

The Loyal have asked to forfeit the match, giving away the point they earned in the draw.

“We don’t even want to recognize being a part of a match where these types of actions take place,” SD Loyal Chairman Andrew Vassiliadis said in a statement. “The Loyal in our name is symbolic of the diversity in our community and as a club we will not stand for this.”

Only the league can enact a forfeiture of that kind, and it’s not yet clear whether they will.

LA Galaxy II and SD Loyal compete in the USL Championship, one level above USL League One, where Forward Madison competes.