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Vancouver Whitecaps declare ‘enough is enough’ after academy player is stabbed

A 17-year-old player in the Vancouver Whitecaps’ academy program was hospitalized with non-life-threatening wounds after a fight at a party Saturday night.

The MLS team said the incident was “believed to be a racially motivated attack” but provided no related details.

“Enough is enough,” the Whitecaps said in a statement. “We are heartbroken and sickened by the allegations and strongly condemn all forms of discrimination, racism, and hate. Such disgusting behavior has absolutely no place in our community. We will do everything to support our players affected and urge the toughest punishment possible for those responsible.”

The incident occurred shortly before midnight in Burnaby, B.C., the Burnaby Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement. The victim was found “suffering from a non-life-threatening stab wound” and was taken to a hospital in stable condition. Two others in the MLS team’s program for players between the ages of 14 and 23 were also allegedly assaulted and uninjured, according to the MLS team.

The team did not identify the players, and the RCMP said a 17-year-old suspect who left the scene had been located with the help of a canine unit and was taken into custody. The suspect and victim were not believed to have known each other, and a “confrontation between several people” preceded the stabbing. An investigation is continuing.

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