West Ham walked off the field on Thursday (June 1) after a Dallas United player allegedly used a racial slur.
According to the Daily Mail, a Dallas United player was accused of saying the n-word to West Ham's Frank Nouble before their match was suspended during The Soccer Tournament. The allegation was made by Anton Ferdinand, a former West Ham player who is representing the club in the tournament.
Ferdinand declined to provide specifics on the incidents to ESPN, but said it was an act of "racism."
Following an investigation, officials from The Soccer Tournament concluded that it would be best for Dallas United to withdraw from the tournament.
“After conducting an investigation into the final moments of the match between West Ham United and Dallas United, we have concluded that Dallas United violated TST’s code of conduct,” TST said in a statement. “We have been in dialogue with leadership from both clubs and we are all aligned that the best path forward is Dallas United withdrawing from competition.”
“All parties involved are unified in wanting to make a statement against racial insensitivity," the statement added.
Dallas United said in a statement that it unanimously decided to withdraw from the tournament.
“In light of the shadow cast by an opposing player’s accusation during tonight’s match, the Dallas United players unanimously decided to withdraw from the remainder of the competition. Our coaches and staff fully support the team’s decision,” the statement read.
The referee of the match told ESPN that he wasn't aware of the alleged incident before West Ham walked off the field.