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Report: Revolution allege Philadelphia’s Kai Wagner used a racial slur against Bobby Wood in Game 1 of MLS playoffs

Kai Wagner of the Philadelphia Union is under investigation for using a racial slur.Chris Szagola/Associated Press

Major League Soccer is reviewing a complaint from the Revolution, who allege that Philadelphia Union defender Kai Wagner used a racial slur against Revolution striker Bobby Wood, according to a report Monday from Pablo Maurer and Tom Boget of The Athletic.

The complaint alleges that Wagner, speaking in German, used a slur and directed it at Wood, who is of Japanese and African-American descent. The two were exchanging words during video review of a separate foul call during the 87th minute of New England’s 3-1 loss in Game 1 of the first-round series on Saturday.


The Revolution alerted officials of the incident after the contest.

“MLS is aware of the allegation that a player used discriminatory language toward an opposing player, and a review of the matter is underway,” the league said in a statement to The Athletic. “The League has been working with the MLS Players Association and Black Players for Change on a process to address these types of allegations and will have no further comment during the pendency of the review.”

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