Soccer players at Christiania, a Christiania-based club, are being asked to quit after racist and homophobic tweets were made in their locker room, according to an email obtained by the Journal.
The club said on Wednesday that it has asked players to stay away from social media and that it would “work with the players to identify, address and address in a constructive manner the issues and actions of those responsible.”
A spokesman for Christiania said the tweets were not made by staff members.
The emails were sent from the club’s general manager, Alex Tzurkman, to club owner Joe Zavala, who is the president of the New Jersey State Soccer Federation.
Tzirkman wrote that the club is in the process of “taking appropriate action to address this issue.”
The emails also say that Christiania is “actively pursuing” a resolution with Zavalsa.
Zavalas family did not respond to messages seeking comment.
The messages came as Christiania and the soccer world faced growing criticism from the LGBT community and civil rights groups.
Last week, the New York Times published an editorial by LGBT journalist Caitlin Flanagan, calling for “a full and transparent investigation” into the matter.
“It is the responsibility of those who oversee the game of soccer to hold those who have engaged in racist, homophobic, and otherwise discriminatory behavior to account,” Flanagan wrote.
“Until that happens, and until those responsible are held to account, this will continue to undermine the image of soccer that the country deserves.”
In a Facebook post Wednesday, the Christiania club said it has taken “a series of measures” to “address this issue” and “to ensure the safety and security of our members.”
In the email, Tzuraks family said they are “aware of the concerns raised by our players regarding this matter.”
“We are deeply concerned about the way our club has been portrayed by our friends in the community, and have taken measures to address the issue.
As soon as this matter has been resolved, we will work with the player community to address it, and ensure that this will not be repeated,” the club wrote.
The Christiania letter did not include any additional details about what prompted the emails.
The newspaper said that Zavalinas family, which has owned Christiania since it opened in 2000, “has been open about their support for the LGBTI community and LGBT rights.”
A spokeswoman for the New Brunswick Soccer Club, which owns Christiania as well, said the club “will be monitoring the situation closely and will be in contact with the community.”