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Phoenix Rising FC forward suspended after use of homophobic slur against San Diego Loyal SC player

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Posted at 3:54 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 08:57:34-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A member of the Phoenix Rising has been suspended for six games after reportedly using a homophobic slur against San Diego Loyal SC player Collin Martin.

According to the USL Championship, Junior Flemmings was suspended for six games and has received an undisclosed fine in the incident.

San Diego Loyal players walked off the field in protest after the slur was used during the September game.

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"Listen, when we're all on our death bed, nobody's going to remember if we beat Phoenix 3-1 at home ... no one's going to remember that. They will remember that they stood up for something that they believed in and they supported their teammate and they supported what's right in the world. And that to me is what matters more than anything," Loyal coach Landon Donovan said. "I love soccer, I love this game, it's meant so much to me. I love competing ... but, you can't claim that you have these values if you don't act when it really matters.”

Martin came out as gay in 2018 while with the Minnesota United.

RELATED: San Diego Loyal SC forfeits point due to racial slur

The slur was used just one week after San Diego Loyal said it would forfeit the point it received because of a racial slur used in its game against LA Galaxy II, after the club says midfielder Elijah Martin was the victim of a racial slur by an opposing player.