Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch responded to a racist incident involving a fan during Friday's game against the Royals.
Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch posted a tweet Sunday in response to a racist incident involving a fan that happened during Friday's game between Portland and the Royals.
According to Jamie Goldberg of The Oregonian, fans took to social media during the 1-0 win for Utah on Friday, saying they heard racist comments being directed at Franch.
Both teams responded to the incident Saturday on Twitter and said they would be investigating the situation.
We are aware of the allegations of racist fan language during last night’s match and are continuing our investigation of the incident. Racism in any form is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our stadiums.— Utah Royals FC (@UtahRoyalsFC) September 7, 2019
We are aware of the allegations of racist fan language in Salt Lake last night at the game and are investigating. Racism in any form is unacceptable.— Portland Thorns FC (@ThornsFC) September 7, 2019
Franch, a member of the World Cup-winning 2019 USWNT and the two-time defending NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year, said on Sunday, "The situation surrounding our game Friday night is not a NEW issue, nor is it a first for me. RACISM is NOT okay in any form!!"
Royals stars and Franch's USWNT teammates Christen Press and Becky Sauerbrunn also responded to the incident, condemning the use of racist language by any fan.