Boy soccer player kicked off team following racist remark

Following the FCIAC quarterfinal loss for the boys’ soccer team against Wilton on Oct. 26, a team member was suspended by Head Coach Dan Woog for the remainder of the year. The player directed a racial slur at a Wilton player, school officials said. Other sources specified the player used the N-word.

According to Athletic Director Marty Lisevick, he, Woog, Principal John Dodig, as well as administration at Wilton High School were emailed by the parents of the victim of the incident, alerting them of the racial comment. School officials declined to name either player.

Woog declined to comment on the specific situation; however, in an interview today, he said, “For 55 years, Staples Soccer has upheld important values, including good sportsmanship, high personal standards, and respect for all.”  Woog continued, “I hope everyone understands the importance of treating the game and all involved in it with the utmost respect.”

The event that transpired is “not the right image for such a prestigious program,” added an anonymous Staples player.

The Wreckers begin the state tournament at home on Tuesday with a 2:00 p.m. kickoff versus Norwalk. The team’s record is currently 10-4-2.