Aleksandar Katai has left the Galaxy in a mutual paring of the ways. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)
An LA Galaxy player has lost his job due to several controversial social media posts by his wife.
Midfielder Aleksandar Katai was released by the Major League Soccer club after a series of alarming social media posts by his wife, Tea.
In a one-sentence statement on its website, the Galaxy announced its decision to “mutually part ways” with the Serbian winger.
Tea Katai made the posts on her Instagram story earlier this week. On Wednesday, the Galaxy condemned the posts as “racist and violent.” Tea’s posts included a photo with a caption written in Serbian urging police to “kill” protesters, another referring to protesters as “disgusting cattle,” and a third sharing a racist meme.
Aleksandar Katai met with the club Thursday as he disavowed his wife’s posts late Wednesday night, saying the “views are not ones that I share and are not tolerated in my family.”
Galaxy supporters called for his dismissal on social media platforms. On Thursday, several fans gathered by the David Beckham statue outside the team’s stadium in Carson, Calif., holding a banner reading “No Racists in Our Club” along with a circle and a red line through No. 7, Katai’s uniform number.
Katai, 29, who signed with the Galaxy as a free agent Dec. 31, played in the team’s opening two matches before the league suspended play due to the COVID-19 pandemic, logging 117 minutes.