Dante Vanzeir responds for the first time to racism riot: “I want to sincerely apologize”

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Dante Vanzeir spoke out for the first time on Sunday night about the fuss that arose after the game against San José Earthquakes, in which the New York Red Bulls footballer allegedly made a racist remark to an opponent. Vanzeir (24) acknowledges his guilt in an Instagram message and says he will accept any possible punishment.

“I would like to sincerely apologize to the Earthquakes players. 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 necessary steps to grow. I accept full responsibility for my actions,” Vanzeir wrote.

“While I had no intention of hurting or causing offense to anyone with my language, I know what I did 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 came into the eye of the storm on Saturday after opponent Jeremy Ebobisse accused him of racism after a competition match. “I know what I heard,” said the black San Jose Earthquakes player. “It was a racist comment. ‘The word’ has been used.” According to Ebobisse, not to his address, but to that of his teammate Jamiro Monteiro, a Cape Verdean born in Rotterdam.

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