Utah Royals fan banned from all NWSL games after racist taunt

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Fan made racial slurs towards Portland goalkeeper Adrianna Franch

SANDY, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – A Utah Royals fan has been banned from all games at Rio Tinto Stadium and all National Womens Soccer League games, after a racial taunt aimed at Portland Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, who is black.

The incident occurred during a Royals-Thorns game on September 6th and was reported by another Royals fan on Twitter.

The NWSL released a statement on Saturday after completing its investigation.

After a thorough investigation, the individual who made racist comments toward one of our players at the Utah Royals FC home game on Friday, September 6, 2019, has been identified and banned from attending games at Rio Tinto Stadium. The ban will also extend to all NWSL games played at other venues.

NWSL will not tolerate inappropriate fan behavior. Racism has no place in our sport.

After the incident was made public on Twitter last week, several Utah Royals players voiced their displeasure on social media, including Christen Press, who is black, and defender Becky Sauerbrunn.

Franch also expressed her views on Twitter about the incident.

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