“That’s just a silly comment,” Atlanta United fullback Anton Walkes said. “No one would ever be told to do that. You can hurt someone seriously. As competitive as we are, no one has the intent to do anyone damage.”
In addition to saying that Atlanta United’s players were kicking his players, Marsch said that they were told to do so by manager Gerardo Martino, who denied that accusation, as did technical director Carlos Bocanegra.