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MLS Player Suspended, Fined for Use of Homophobic Slur

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Colin Clark, midfielder for the Houston Dynamo, has been suspended for three games and charged an undisclosed fee for using a homophobic slur toward a ball boy during last Friday’s nationally televised soccer game in Seattle.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber has also mandated that Clark attend diversity and sensitivity training, beyond what is already required for MLS clubs at the beginning of each season.

Field-side microphones clearly recorded the slur, which Clark directed at the ball boy when he wasn’t issued a new ball as quickly as he wanted.

“Major League Soccer will not tolerate this type of behavior from its players or staff at any time, under any circumstances,” Garber said in a statement.

HRC applauds Garber and Major League Soccer for sending a firm message that anti-LGBT language has no place in the public arena.

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