June 7, 2019 12:53 pm

Allegations of racism in Hamilton Forge, Calgary Cavalry match

Cavalry FC forward Jordan Brown evades Foothills FC defenders in a April 26, 2019, preseason game.

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The Canadian Premier League is investigating accusations of racism in a match between Hamilton’s Forge FC and Calgary’s Cavalry FC.

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Cavalry FC player Jordan Brown posted a video on social media saying teammates heard a racist comment during a shoving match that erupted at the end of Tuesday’s 1-1 tie in a second-round qualifying match of the Canadian Championship.

Cavalry FC had tied the game on a last-minute penalty kick in Hamilton. The two clubs meet again Tuesday in Calgary in the second and final leg of the round.

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The series winner meets the Vancouver Whitecaps of the MLS in the third round.

The CPL said the league is gathering information from both clubs before handing the matter to Canada Soccer to determine if the code of conduct and ethics was violated.

“The Canadian Premier League and those associated with the league and clubs do not tolerate discriminatory, disrespectful or offensive behaviour of any kind, under any circumstances,” the CPL said in a statement.

“This behaviour does not reflect the values of the league, clubs or the community which it represents.”

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Forge FC said in a statement the organization “has a zero tolerance policy on matters of racism or discrimination and such actions have never been, and will not be tolerated.”

The club also said it supports the league’s review.

“We are confident that examination will bring this matter to a conclusion and will have no further comment until that time,” the statement said.

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