The Houston Dynamos have suspended midfielder Colin Clark for three games and fined him after he was caught on camera yelling an antigay slur at a ball boy during a game in Seattle last week.
Clark, 27, yelled at the ball boy who refused to toss a soccer ball to him. Soon after the game, Clark took to Twitter to apologize, and he spoke directly to the ball boy but Major League Soccer officials made it clear that there would be eventual repercussions for the barbs.
"Major League Soccer will not tolerate this type of behavior from its players or staff at any time, under any circumstances," MLS commissioner Don Garber said, reports the Houston Chronicle. "Colin Clark has expressed sincere remorse for his actions, and I believe that he will learn from this incident." Garber also said Clark must attend additional diversity and sensitivity training.
Clark is being suspended with pay, and is being fined for an undisclosed amount. He will still be allowed to train with his team and use the team's facilities during his suspension, according to Outsports.com.