The National Women’s Soccer League has banned a fan for life a fan, it was announced on Friday.
A fan was engaged in an alleged act of racial discrimination in the stands cannot attend an NWSL match again, the league said.
The incident occurred during the North Carolina Courage and NJ/NY Gotham FC in a Challenge Cup match at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. on March 19.
The name of the fan was not immediately known.
According to the league, Courage officials responded to an incident in the stands.
The Courage had conducted “a thorough investigation in full cooperation of Gotham FC and the NWSL league office.
“Based on the results of that investigation, which included interviews with third-party witnesses, the NWSL has imposed a lifetime ban on the fan responsible,” the league said in a statement.
“The NWSL is committed to ensuring its matches and events are a place for celebrating its teams, entertaining fans, building community, and advancing the values of equity and inclusion,” the league said in a statement. “Racism and discrimination will not be tolerated by anyone associated with the NWSL, including its fans, or at any league-sponsored events.”