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US soccer pro who used gay slur suspended for three games

Houston Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark says: 'I intend to never use those words again'

Houston Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark, who called a ball boy a 'faggot' during a game last weekend, has been suspended for three games by Major League Soccer.

Clark was also fined an undisclosed amount and must attend sensitivity training sessions.

A television microphone captured Clark uttering the slur to the ball boy during a throw-in situation. Apparently the player wasn't issued a new ball as quickly as he wanted during the opening minutes of a game last Friday (23 March) against the Seattle Sounders.

Clark apologized via Twitter the next day but has now issued a more detailed 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,' he added. '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.'

During his suspension, Clark will still be allowed to train with his team. He will be allowed to return to the field when Houston takes on New York on May 9.

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