Goalkeeper Tim Howard of the Colorado Rapids was suspended for three games and fined an unspecified amount by Major League soccer for two incidents involving fans during and after a 3-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City last Sunday.
Howard was seen exchanging expletives with Kansas City fans during the game in a video on social media and reportedly grabbed a fan by the arm as the players were leaving the field.
"Tim Howard made a regrettable mistake for which he is being disciplined by MLS," the Rapids said in a statement. "While this is out of character for Tim, we do not condone these actions. We accept the league's decision and look forward to moving past this. The incidents that took place during our match at Sporting Kansas City last weekend do not represent the Colorado Rapids Soccer Club or Tim's character and beliefs, on and off the pitch."
Recently, the MLS Player's Union came to the defense of Howard with a tweet. The tweet cited a lack of security at the stadium, which led to the incidents with Sporting Kansas City fans.
Statement on Tim Howard Disciplinary Decision: "Tim takes responsibility for his actions, but MLS needs to do the same..." pic.twitter.com/uQMTV6Hk9O— MLS Players Union (@MLSPlayersUnion) April 15, 2017
Howard is a veteran of three World Cups with the U.S. National team.