Vancouver Whitecaps say 3 athletes on team suffered in racially motivated weekend attack – .

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Vancouver Whitecaps say 3 athletes on team suffered in racially motivated weekend attack – .


The Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team said three members of its men’s academy program were assaulted during an outdoor rally on Saturday night in Burnaby.
One of the players is hospitalized for surgery following the assault, which the team say was racially motivated.

“There is absolutely no place for such disgusting behavior in our community,” the Whitecaps said in a statement.

The team says a suspect has been arrested in connection with the incident and that Burnaby RCMP are investigating the attack.

The RCMP is working to provide the media with more information.

In addition to its professional team, the Vancouver Whitecaps operate an academic program for male players ages 14-23 who train at a University of British Columbia facility.

The academy system is intended to develop players for the professional team.

“The broken and sickened heart”

The team declined to talk about the attack and do not want to identify the players. He did not say whether the other two players who were attacked were injured.

The statement says the hospitalized player is expected to make a full recovery.

He also said the team was “heartbroken and sickened” by the attack and that its members “strongly condemned all forms of discrimination, racism and hatred.

“We will do everything to support our affected players and demand the most severe sanction possible for those responsible,” the statement said.

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