New York Red Bulls supporters left the club’s game in Harrison, New Jersey, on Saturday as the team battled to a 1-1 draw against the Houston Dynamo.

The protest came after Major League Soccer suspended and fined Dante Vanzeir for using racist language towards San Jose Earthquakes hit Jeremy Eboisse. The player alleged that a Red Bulls player used a racial slur during his match on April 8, leading to a fight and a delay.

Vanzeir took responsibility for his language and was banned for six games.

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New York Red Bulls supporters hold signs before the Major League Soccer game against the Houston Dynamo on April 15, 2023 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. (Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Vikings Army, Empire Supporters Club and Torcida 86 announced ahead of Saturday’s match against Dynamo that they would stage a strike in protest of what they believed was inappropriate and lenient discipline by Vanzeir.

«The Southern District is united in our desire to protest in reaction to the racial abuse that occurred during the game on April 8, as well as the inadequate response put forth by the New York Red Bulls and Major League Soccer,» the groups said in a statement. joint statement on Friday. «It is South Ward’s position that we will not provide active stadium support at Red Bull Arena until Dante Vanezir and (Red Bulls manager) Gerhard Struber are fairly punished and held accountable.»

The groups said MLS failed to abide by its «zero tolerance policy» when it came to punishing racial actions and called on the organization to fire Struber immediately.

Members of the Viking Army, supporters of the New York Red Bulls, hold signs and scarves at the start of the Major League Soccer match against Houston Dynamo FC.

Members of the Viking Army, supporters of the New York Red Bulls, hold signs and scarves at the start of the Major League Soccer match against Houston Dynamo FC. (Ira L. Black – Corbis/Getty Images)

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The Empire Supporters Club issued a separate statement calling for Struber’s dismissal as well.

«We also feel that the lack of punishment for Gerhard Struber is unacceptable,» the group of supporters said. «His inability to take responsibility for his mistakes remains a recurring frustration. We stand with our players, past and present, as well as staff, both on the sporting and non-sporting side, who have had the misfortune of to deal with his behaviour. We do not believe that Gerhard Struber is fit to remain manager of our beloved club and cannot in good conscience continue to support a team led by him. His lack of understanding, concern, personal responsibility and empathy in this «This situation is inexcusable. For the betterment of the entire New York Red Bulls organization, especially our diverse roster that comes from all walks of life, we call on Jochen Schneider to fire Gerhard Struber immediately.»

A group issued a separate statement calling for the firing of Red Bulls manager Gerhard Struber.

A group issued a separate statement calling for the firing of Red Bulls manager Gerhard Struber. (Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

When the game began on Saturday, the groups asked their supporters to leave.

As for the game, Omir Fernández scored late in the second half to tie the game at one each. Dynamo’s Adalbero Carrasquilla put Houston ahead in the 67th minute initially.

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The Red Bulls are out on the road to play in Montreal next weekend. Houston comes home to host Inter Miami.

Associated Press contributed to this report.