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NASL begins investigation into racial-slur allegations stemming from FCE-PRFC


The North American Soccer League has confirmed that it has begun an investigation into allegations that FC Edmonton midfielder Nico Di Biase uttered a racial slur aimed at Puerto Rico FC midfielder Chris Nurse during Sunday’s 0-0 draw.

From the league: “The NASL has opened an investigation with respect to an allegation that racially abusive comments were made by one player to another player during the FC Edmonton vs. Puerto Rico FC game on August 28, 2016. Per League policy, no further comment will be made while the investigation is ongoing.”

From FC Edmonton: FC Edmonton was notified, Monday morning, that Puerto Rico FC had filed a complaint this morning regarding an alleged incident that occurred between both clubs during their August 28 match at Clarke Field. FC Edmonton takes these allegations very seriously and is working with the North American Soccer League to investigate the incident. The club will make no further comments while the investigation is ongoing.”

After the final whistle, Nurse, a former FC Edmonton player, had to be shepherded off the field by PRFC back-up keeper David Meves and coach Adrian Whitbread. After the match, Nurse claimed that Di Biase had made a racist remark in Spanish. Nurse said it happened during the second-half scuffle that followed a controversial incident between PRFC’s Ramon Soria and FCE’s Sainey Nyassi, which saw Nyassi given a red card.

Di Biase does not speak English. The Argentine was signed by the Eddies near the close of the recent transfer window.

Di Biase started in the place of Shamit Shome, who was called up to the Canadian U-20 national team and wasn’t available for Sunday’s 0-0 draw.

According to the Canadian Soccer Association’s referee roster, Yusri Rudolf, who officiated Sunday’s game, is fluent in English and French. It does not list if he’s fluent in Spanish or not. The Canadian Soccer Association administers all referees for NASL games played in Ottawa and Edmonton.

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One Comment

  1. MauriceH

    August 29, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    And what is the sanction against Nurse if his allegations are unfounded?
    And what happens if it is found after review that the “foul” on his colleague, that resulted in a red card, turns out to be simulation?

    The referees were badly manipulated during the match, and it appears that the CSA is still supporting these manipulations.

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