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Timbers to investigate accusations of racism in Wednesday’s Open Cup match

MLS: Philadelphia Union at Los Angeles FC Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

LAFC forward Adama Diomande posted on twitter last night that he was the recipient of a racist slur on the field during the US Open Cup match between his team and the Portland Timbers.

The full text of Dio’s post is, “Today was the first time in my professional career that I was called the «N» word on the field. They will say sorry to me after the game and please let it go, but If I don’t say anything racism will just continue to grow. No matter which country, color, religion or which language your speaking we all are human being and we should respect each other no matter what! #saynotoracism

ESPN has published a statement by the Timbers saying they are aware of and looking into the incident:

“The club is aware of the accusations posted on Instagram following Wednesday night’s U.S. Open Cup game and is in direct communication with LAFC management, league officials and internal staff to gather more information,” the statement said. “At this time, we are awaiting more details as we actively continue to investigate the matter. The club will provide further information when it becomes available.

”The Timbers and those associated with the club do not tolerate discriminatory, disrespectful or offensive behavior of any kind, under any circumstances, and it does not reflect the values of the club or the community which it represents.”

Stumptown Footy has zero tolerance for racism, intolerance, and other kinds of bigotry. We will continue to report on this story as more information becomes available.

[Ed note: Comments on this story have been closed to discourage speculation on a sensitive topic while we wait for more official information.]