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LA Galaxy and USA star Sebastian Lletget's use of homophobic slur subject of MLS investigation

Former West Ham midfielder Sebastian Lletget apologises for use of slur word which he was heard saying in video on his Instagram story; MLS issues statement confirming "formal investigation"

The 28-year-old, who began his professional career at West Ham before returning to his homeland to sign for the Galaxy in 2015, has issued an apology for his language via Instagram - the platform on which he posted a video on Friday in which he can be heard using the slur.

The clip on Lletget's story showed him sneaking up behind team-mate Julian Araujo, the teenage Galaxy defender who is of Mexican descent, playfully slapping him on the back of the neck, and shouting 'puto'.

The term is a homophobic slur in the Spanish language which has a long history of being sung as a chant by supporters from Latin American nations.

FIFA has repeatedly taken action over the chant in recent years, most recently in March when it opened an investigation into the behaviour of fans during Mexico's CONCACAF Olympic qualifying win over the Dominican Republic.

Author : Jon Holmes

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