Gordon Receives Three Match Ban

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Published on April 16, 2013 with 1 Comment

Alan Gordon will be out for the next four matches.

He receives an automatic one match ban for the red card he received for a high elbow which damaged Mikael Silvestre’s lip.

In addition, he has three more matches out for a homophobic slur aimed at Timbers captain Will Johnson according to an MLS press release. (below)

Alan Gordon is about to be sent off following his elbow on SIlvestrePhoto: Diego Diaz

Alan Gordon is about to be sent off following his elbow on Silvestre
Photo: Diego Diaz

MLS Commissioner Don Garber has suspended Gordon for three games and fined him an undisclosed amount for using unacceptable and offensive language towards an opponent in the 60th minute of the game against the Portland Timbers on April 14.

Commissioner Garber also mandated that Gordon attend diversity and sensitivity training. This is in addition to the training that all MLS clubs attend at the beginning of each season.

Gordon also received a red card for his second caution for separate fouls during the game and such an ejection carries an automatic one-game suspension and fine.

Gordon will serve a total suspension of four games: April 21 against Portland, April 27 at Chivas USA, May 4 against Montreal Impact and May 8 against Toronto FC.

Major League Soccer stands against discrimination and prejudice of any kind and will not tolerate this type of behavior,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said. “All of our players, staff and fans must remain committed to respect and dignity at all times.”

Also See:

Timbers Sweep to Third after Seeing off the Bash Brothers

Gordon Apologises for Gay Slur

Equality is Here to Stay. Gay Rights Flag at Philly Opener

Robbie Rogers – Please Come Back and Play (Huffington Post)





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  1. It was an anti-gay slur, not a homophobic slur.

    As I said on another site, the difference may be subtle but I think it’s important.

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