SD Loyal walk off pitch in protest to homophobic slur

Credit: SD Loyal

Credit: SD Loyal

Wednesday, September 30

The San Diego Loyal decided as a team that they would walk off the field in protest before the start of the second half. A player from the Phoenix Rising yelled out a homophobic remark directed at Loyal’s Collin Martin seconds before halftime.

Last Wednesday, Sept 23, a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy II directed a racist slur toward Loyal’s Elijah Martin. The team announced days later that this kind of remarks would not be tolerated, and they wished they had walked off the field at that time.

It is baffling that these kinds of actions take place in consecutive matches. The Loyal has made it known that taking a stand is more important than a soccer match.

San Diego entered tonight’s match intending to win and have a chance for the playoffs. The Loyal jumped out to a quick 3-1 lead with seconds to go before the half.

Instead, the match will end where it was at.

The team and fans of San Diego await further actions. That may have been the last action of 2020 for the Loyal.

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