Major League Soccer to investigate Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen over alleged racist comments

Major League Soccer will conduct an investigation into allegations that Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen used racially charged language.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content=""We are deeply concerned about the allegations made in a report published this evening concerning language used by and the conduct of Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen," MLS said in a statement released Thursday night. "Major League Soccer has zero tolerance for this type of language or conduct and will immediately commence an investigation."» data-reactid=»12″>»We are deeply concerned about the allegations made in a report published this evening concerning language used by and the conduct of Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen,» MLS said in a statement released Thursday night. «Major League Soccer has zero tolerance for this type of language or conduct and will immediately commence an investigation.»

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="A story published by The Athletic&nbsp;on Thursday detailed allegations of a history of offensive comments made by Hansen to players, staff and associates. These revelations were published hours after Hansen appeared on radio station X96 in Salt Lake City and expressed "profound disappointment" in his team’s decision&nbsp;to not play its game Wednesday night as sports teams across the country protested the shooting of Jacob Blake.» data-reactid=»13″>A story published by The Athletic on Thursday detailed allegations of a history of offensive comments made by Hansen to players, staff and associates. These revelations were published hours after Hansen appeared on radio station X96 in Salt Lake City and expressed «profound disappointment» in his team’s decision to not play its game Wednesday night as sports teams across the country protested the shooting of Jacob Blake.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Earlier Thursday night, the MLS Players Association called on the league to suspend and investigate Hansen: "The allegations in tonight’s Athletic story concerning RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen are sickening. The MLSPA calls upon MLS to immediately suspend Hansen and conduct a thorough investigation. If the allegations are substantiated, he must be forced to sell the team."» data-reactid=»19″>Earlier Thursday night, the MLS Players Association called on the league to suspend and investigate Hansen: «The allegations in tonight’s Athletic story concerning RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen are sickening. The MLSPA calls upon MLS to immediately suspend Hansen and conduct a thorough investigation. If the allegations are substantiated, he must be forced to sell the team.»

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Real Salt Lake was among 10 teams to protest racial injustice and postpone games&nbsp;originally scheduled for Wednesday night. RSL was to host Los Angeles FC at Rio Tinto Stadium, and no makeup date for the game has been announced. Of the six games scheduled for Wednesday night, only Orlando City and Nashville SC played their game.» data-reactid=»21″>Real Salt Lake was among 10 teams to protest racial injustice and postpone games originally scheduled for Wednesday night. RSL was to host Los Angeles FC at Rio Tinto Stadium, and no makeup date for the game has been announced. Of the six games scheduled for Wednesday night, only Orlando City and Nashville SC played their game.

Hansen is also owner of the NWSL’s Utah Royals FC and USL’s Real Monarchs.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen to be investigated by MLS» data-reactid=»23″>This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen to be investigated by MLS