Joseph Paintsil suffers racial abuse; club shows solidarity

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Racism in football is the abuse of players, officials, and fans because of their skin color, nationality, or ethnicity. Ghana’s Joseph Paintsil is the latest victim of Racism in Football.

During a critical juncture in his adaptation to Major League Soccer, Ghanaian player Joseph Paintsil encountered racial abuse from fans of his own club, the Los Angeles Galaxy, following their 2-1 loss to Los Angeles FC.

Since joining the US-based team, the Ghanaian player has made a significant impact, contributing to four out of the club’s 14 goals this season with two goals and two assists to his credit, showcasing his value and prowess on the field.

In the said match, 25-year-old Timothy Tillman netted the opening goal for LAFC. Shortly after, Julian Aude leveled the score at 1-1, followed by Denis Bouanga converting a penalty six minutes later to put the home side ahead 2-1 until the final whistle at the 90th minute.

Paintsil faced online abuse from LA Galaxy fans following the club’s 2-1 loss in Sunday’s match against LA Galaxy FC. The club, standing in solidarity with the Ghanaian international, took to social media to denounce the racist behavior of these fans.

“LA Galaxy forward Joseph Paintsil was the victim of a racist social media incident following Saturday’s match against LAFC.
“The club stands with Joseph and anyone who has faced racial abuse through social platforms or anywhere else. The incident was immediately reported to Major League Soccer.

The club has announced that it is collaborating with Major League Soccer to ensure that the Ghanaian player receives comprehensive support.

“We are also working with MLS to ensure Joseph has all the resources and support he needs at this time. There is no place for racism in our community, in our league, or anywhere else in society,” the statement read.
We stand with you, Joseph.

In February 2024, Painstil made the move from Genk in Belgium to LA Galaxy, where he has emerged as a crucial player. His impactful presence has helped propel the team to second place in the Western Conference standings, securing 12 points from seven matches.

Story by: David Kwaku Dzaku|

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