Timbers coach rings on alleged insult targeting Diego Chara

Portland Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese is upset with how an alleged racist comment directed at Colombian midfielder Diego Chara was handled in a 1-0 loss to Minnesota United on Saturday night.

The game was interrupted in the 65th minute when a referee met Chara, Timbers captain Diego Valeri, United captain Michael Boxall and United’s Wil Trapp, according to the Pioneer Press.

The newspaper also reports that Franco Fragapane of Minnesota was detained from the conference. Fragapane and Chara had clashed just before the stop.

No action was taken after the meeting and the game resumed.

Savarese spoke to reporters about the incident after the game.

“I am very and extremely disappointed that at this moment we still have to face situations that should not be happening in any sport or anywhere,” said Savarese.

“These are things that are not acceptable and in this game there was a situation that had to do with a racist situation. A discriminatory word that was said to one of our players who cannot have any place in anywhere or in any situation or any sport, nowhere.

“So I am extremely disappointed that at the moment we still had to face these kinds of situations in a game. The referee should have handled this situation in a much better way.”

Minnesota United and MLS have yet to comment on the alleged incident.

– Field level media

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