Belgian forward Dante Vanzeir issued an apology for his racist comments during the Major League Soccer fixture against the San Jose Earthquakes. The game saw a 15-minute stoppage as Earthquake players were complaining about Vanzeir’s comments and also debated if they wanted to continue the game.

San Jose striker Jeremy Ebobisse spoke about the incident and stated that a New York player used a racist comment early in the second half. Ebobisse said that his team decided to continue after the player expressed that he didn’t direct the remark at a particular opponent.

Check out the incident here:

New York Red Bulls released a statement condemning the comment which also included Vanzeir’s apology. The league has also decided to launch an investigation regarding the incident. In the apology, the Belgian striker expressed that he didn’t intend to cause any harm or offense to any player. He also stated that he will accept any fine and suspension the league hands him and take steps to improve himself. 

The apology said, “I want to sincerely apologize to the players of the Earthquakes. I will do everything I can to be part of the change that needs to happen in this sport and our world. I also want to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the organization and our fans. I made a mistake and will take all the necessary steps to grow.”

“I accept full responsibility for my actions. While I did not intend to cause any harm or offense with my language, I know that I did and for that I am deeply sorry. I will agree to any suspension, fine and counseling that is handed down by Major League Soccer and the club. I will use this opportunity to better myself, reflect and dedicate my time and efforts to work with organizations that tackle racial injustice.”