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Houston MLS Soccer Player Colin Clark Given Three Match Suspension for 'F**kin Faggot' Slur

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Houston Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark called a ball boy "f**king faggot" during a game last Friday night. Today, Major League Soccer announced he would be suspended for three matches, SB Nation reports:

Colin_clarkIn addition to the three-match ban, Clark was fined an undisclosed amount and is required to attend sensitivity training.

While suspended, Clark will be allowed to train with the team and use the team's facilities. Because of the Dynamo's light schedule in April, he will not return to the field until May 9, when Houston takes on New York.

Clark released a new statement:

"I am sorry about what happened during the Seattle match. 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. I intend to never use those words again in any context. There is no excuse for them. What I said does not properly represent who I am or what I believe. I made a mistake that I truly regret. I accept the punishment that has been handed down by MLS, and I want to learn from this incident and move forward."

Incidentally, basketball player Kobe Bryant was given a $100,000 fine for the exact same slur in April 2011.

GLAAD told Towleroad this morning that it had reached out to Major League Soccer to work with Clark as a '#soccerally' (as he said he wanted to be in a Twitter apology last week) as well as to speak about anti-LGBT attitudes on the field, and that they were waiting to hear back.

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Houston Player Calls Ball Boy a 'F**kin' Faggot', May Be Disciplined by Major League Soccer

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Major League Soccer is reviewing an incident at a game on Friday in night in which Houston Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark called a ball boy a "f**kin' faggot" during a game. The slur was picked up by a mic and caught on camera.

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Colin_clarkESPN reports:

"We are aware of the incident involving Houston Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark during the game in Seattle Friday night, and his public apology for it," MLS said in a statement, according to the Houston Chronicle. "MLS is conducting a thorough review of the facts and examining possible disciplinary action."

Clark, on the sideline for a throw-in, had reached out for the ball boy to throw the ball to him. When the ball boy failed to do so, Clark directed the gay slur and a profanity at him, with an NBC microphone nearby.

He offered his apology through tweets on Saturday. Tweeted Clark:

"I'd like to offer a sincere apology to everyone who watched the game, especially the ball boy for whom I used awful language towards...I didn't mean to disrespect anyone and am sorry for letting my emotions get the best of me. It's not who I am and it won't happen again....I'm very sorry for my actions tonight and I would love for you to consider me a #soccerally moving forward."

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