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Orlando City support group apologizes for chant

Iron Lion Firm says chant has no place in soccer

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ORLANDO, Fla. – One of Orlando City Soccer's two major support groups is apologizing for using an offensive word in one of their chants.

According to Yahoo Sports, the Iron Lion Firm used a derogatory term for the mentally handicapped during last weekend's game at the Citrus Bowl.

The group says the word "retarded" was used in a chant created when the team was first formed, but it later changed to the word to "disregarded."

The president of the board for the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida wrote the team expressing concern.

The Iron Lion Firm released a statement in part saying, "Use of the 'R' word is not accepted in the supporters section nor should it be accepted in any part of our society.. We apologize for any part we played in the misunderstanding."

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Orlando City's other major support group, The Ruckus, also used the term, but members have not yet released a statement on the matter.