Get out the popcorn ... this should be interesting ... this is about a Mexican-owned soccer team in Los Angeles, whose owner wants to pattern the team on its Mexico-based predecessor ... so he's getting rid of anyone in the organization who doesn't speak Spanish. One of those people also happens to be black.
The suit claims that at a November staff meeting Vergara asked, in Spanish, who could speak Spanish. After identifying employees who did not speak Spanish, Vergara told them they would be fired.
“If you don’t speak Spanish, you can go work for the Galaxy, unless you speak Chinese, which is not even a language,” Vergara allegedly said.
Craig says in her suit that it felt like “ethnic cleansing.”
Soon after this infamous meeting, Chronopoulos said he met with newly appointed team President Jose David, who asked him to research the current youth academy players and coaches as well as player’s parents about their ethnicity and national origin.
Concerned about the request by David and the emerging writing on the wall, Chronopoulos and Calichman, filed a harassment and discrimination complaint to the Chivas USA Human Resources Department.
To their surprise, rather than a resolution, Chronopoulos and Calichman were sent packing three days later.
Now, our President has just signed an agreement with Mexico to protect the rights of illegal Mexican immigrants in the US ... so they won't be discriminated against in employment! The article did not say whether Mexico agreed to do the same for illegal American immigrants in Mexico.Mike Woitalla, executive editor, Soccer America magazine, doesn’t think so.
Woitalla says it is not uncommon for teams to develop an identity based on successful models found in other parts of the world.
“We’ve always tried to figure out what kind of style we want to play, European, Brazilian, or whatever,” Woitalla said.
He finds nothing egregious about the allegations against Chivas USA, in fact, he finds it potentially rewarding for Mexican children who have been kept out of mainstream, soccer because of the expense typically involved with team membership and travelling.
“What the Chivas did here in developing this environment is an accepted practice in Mexico but they didn’t do their homework, because we don’t do and say things like that here,” Woitalla said.
Could you make this stuff up?