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MLS wraps up investigation into claim Minnesota United player used racial slur

An investigation of the June 26 incident was inconclusive.

After an investigation that included interviews with the match official and players, as well as analysis of audio and video footage, Major League Soccer found inconclusive evidence that a Minnesota United player used a slur toward a Portland Timbers player during their match on June 26.

The allegation came from Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese, who said that a Minnesota United player used a slur toward star midfielder Diego Chara during the 63rd minute of the match after a collision with Loons midfielder Franco Fragapane.

In the days after the match, Fragapane "vehemently" denied the accusations through Loons head coach Adrian Heath. 

The league on Monday announced the findings of its investigation into the incident.

"While MLS found the allegation to be made in good faith, the League could not corroborate or refute the allegation," MLS said in a press release. 

Fragapane was not mentioned in the announcement and no players were disciplined for the incident.

"We appreciate and fully supported the thorough investigation by MLS, whose findings mirror our own review of the situation," Minnesota United said in a statement. "Our club remains committed to spreading the values inherent in the unparalleled global sport of soccer throughout our broader community. We will continue the hard work necessary on our shared journey towards a truly inclusive and just society."

MLS also said in their press release that they will be reinforcing their policy to have players take an annual course on non-discrimination and anti-harassment training during the preseason.

"Minnesota United FC unequivocally supports the principles of inclusion, equality and respect - both in words and actions - for our sport, our League, our community and our society," The Loons said in their statement. "There is no place for racism, homophobia or misogyny in any form. All individuals deserve to be treated with respect and dignity."

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