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MLS NEXT Apr 06, 2024

Red Bulls Academy teams withdraw from GA Cup after on-field incidents

The New York Red Bulls have withdrawn their U15 and U17 teams from the 2024 Generation adidas Cup after multiple allegations that opposing players used discriminatory language on the field during their previous games at the event.

Both the U15 and U17 Red Bulls Academy teams had advanced through to the knockout stages of the tournament. See below for the statement released by MLS NEXT on the situation:

NEW YORK – Following three allegations of discriminatory language used during two recent GA Cup matches, MLS NEXT immediately investigated and then issued suspensions in accordance with the MLS NEXT Disciplinary Code to the offending individuals for violating the MLS NEXT Safety & Wellbeing Policy. In addition, MLS NEXT immediately made resources available onsite to the affected players and clubs.

Due to the minors’ age, further details regarding the individuals involved will not be disclosed.

MLS NEXT acknowledges the New York Red Bulls’ decision to withdraw their U15 and U17 teams from the tournament and will continue providing all those impacted with the necessary support and resources.

MLS NEXT remains steadfast in its commitment to eradicating discriminatory and racial incidents at every level of the game and will continue to work with all players to properly educate, train and swiftly address any incidents.