Eddie Johnson Fined, then Apologises, for Chicago Gesture


Photo: Sounders FC

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has fined Seattle Sounders FC forward Eddie Johnson an undisclosed amount for making an inappropriate gesture as he was leaving the field after the April 28 game against the Chicago Fire.

Yesterday, Frank Klopas and Jalil Anibab were suspended for their parts in the incidents that followed the final whistle of Sounders 1-2 win in Illinois.

The MLS release does not make clear whether the gesture was as he was slowly leaving the field following his late substitution, or leaving after re-entering the pitch in the post match scuffling.

Johnson has already apologised in a statement released through the club:

“I sincerely apologize to the Chicago fans, my teammates, MLS, and the Sounders’ supporters for my actions and poor judgment I used on Saturday. It was a very emotional game and I let my emotions get the best of me.

That is not acceptable and I take full responsibility for my actions. I am truly sorry this took attention away from the success of our team after a great win in Chicago.”

Given the lack of any other information in the MLS press release, it seems probable that no further sanctions will be announced as it has been practise to announce all results of a post match review in one release.

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