UPDATED: Racist Remark Allegedly Made During PLSQ Cup Game
Alexis Solis Receives 15-Match Ban
This article has been updated. Alexis Solis of FC Lanaudière has received a 15-match ban after he allegedly made a racist remark during a PLSQ Cup game against CS Longueuil on Oct. 14. The club released an official statement the following day, apologizing for the incident.
In the 108th minute of the cup game, Longueuil’s Daivy Makunza was allegedly called a “dirty monkey” by Solis of Lanaudière
Solis was left unnamed in the club’s apology, but Makunzu later told The Link that Solis was the player who did it.
“Based on our investigation of the situation, we concluded that our player made a racist verbal remark during this exchange,” read the club’s statement. “The members of FC Lanaudière and ARS Lanaudière have zero tolerance for any discriminatory or racist comments to anyone.”
The club apologized to all affected by the situation, continued to statement, and “has asked the player to do the same.”
On Oct. 16, the Première Ligue de soccer du Québec announced that they suspended Solis for 15 games, including the remainder of the PLSQ cup.
Solis has since published a public apology in regards to the incident on justesoccer.com.
“I want to sincerely apologize and express my profound regret over the situation that happened between me and an opposition player on Sunday Oct. 14,” Solis wrote. “I completely accept the sanctions that were imposed on me by my club, FC Lanaudière, and the Quebec Soccer Federation, and I will continue to advocate that this type of punishment be applied to other individuals who engage in this type of attitude.”
Correction: In a previous iteration of this article, Alexis Solis’ name was spelled “Alexi.” The Link regrets the error.
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