Mike Azira’s MLS club Chicago Fire FC have pledged to continue fighting racism.
This comes amidst national protests after George Floyd, African American, was pronounced dead in Police custody.
In a statement posted on the club’s website, Chicago Fire FC says that they “denounce and stand in opposition to racism, prejudice and violence.”
“We mourn the killing of George Floyd. We also mourn the countless other members of the black community whose lives have been impacted by racism. But those words will be hollow unless we implement specific programs and initiatives that will allow our Club to spark real change. The future needs to have a different outcome.”
Chicago will unveil new programs intended to help combat racism and bring about positive change.
“We know we won’t eradicate racism alone, but we’ll have a plan in place to do our part on a daily basis.
“As a Club, we are raising our collective hand and pledging to be better, to do better and to be held accountable. We stand against racism. We stand for Chicago.”
Last week, Mike Azira and Chicago Fire FC teammates returned to training on a voluntary, individual basis.