MLS player forcibly removed from officials’ locker room – referees’ body


Nov 4, 2023; Harrison, NJ, USA; Enisa performs the National Anthem before the game between FC Cincinnati and New York Red Bulls of game two in a round one match of the 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo Acquire Licensing Rights
NEW YORK, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Major League Soccer (MLS) is investigating an alleged incident in which a player was forcibly removed from the match officials’ locker room after a game last week between the New York Red Bulls and FC Cincinnati, the league said on Tuesday.
Cincinnati beat New York at Red Bull Arena in a penalty shootout on Saturday, advancing to the semi-finals of the MLS Playoffs.
“After the Nov 4th NYRB/FC Cincinnati match, a player gained unauthorized entry into the Officials’ locker room & was forcibly removed by stadium security while acting in an aggressive & hostile manner,” the Professional Soccer Referees Association (PSRA) said on social media.
“No one’s safety should ever be at risk & we expect MLS to act accordingly.”
PSRA referees officiate matches for MLS, the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and the United Soccer Leagues (USL).
The PSRA did not confirm which player was removed or the nature of their dispute.
“Major League Soccer is aware of the report of a player gaining unauthorized access into the officials’ locker room,” the league said in a statement.
“The safety of PRO officials must never be compromised and an investigation into this matter is being conducted.”
Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York Editing by Toby Davis
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