Houston midfielder suspended for gay slur

Alvaro Fernandez of the Seattle Sounders battles Colin Clark of the Houston Dynamo at CenturyLink...

Alvaro Fernandez of the Seattle Sounders battles Colin Clark of the Houston Dynamo at CenturyLink Field on March 23, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images/AFP)

KURTIS, LARSON, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 2:46 PM ET

Major League Soccer announced Wednesday it has suspended Houston’s Colin Clark for three games after NBC sideline microphones picked up the Dynamo midfielder unleashing a gay slur against a Seattle ball boy on the weekend.

“Major League Soccer will not tolerate this type of behaviour from its players or staff at any time, under any circumstances,” league commissioner Don Garber said in a statement. “Colin Clark has expressed sincere remorse for his actions and I believe that he will learn from this incident.”

Seven minutes into Houston’s eventual 2-0 loss at CenturyLink Field last Friday, Clark approached the sideline looking to be given a new ball before a throw-in. Video replays that were pulled from Youtube showed the ball boy dropping the ball at Clark’s feet instead of handing him the ball. Touch-line mics caught Clark turning and calling the sideline assistant a F------ F----- before restarting play.

Clark also received an undisclosed fine for the slur.

“I am sorry about what happened during the Seattle match,” Clark said in a statement. “I have personally apologized to the ball boy, and I want to take this chance to say I’m sorry to everyone that I’ve offended.”

The Houston organization also released a statement on the incident.

“Colin Clark made a regrettable and inexcusable mistake for which he is being disciplined. We accept and support the punishment that has been laid out by MLS and look forward to moving beyond it.

“We know that this incident is not a true representation of Colin’s character or beliefs and that he is remorseful for what happened. He has a strong record of being a community leader and expect that he will use this as a learning and teaching opportunity in the future.”

 


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