Jamaica international and Phoenix Rising midfielder Junior Flemmings has been suspended for six games for making a homophobic comments.
The comment where made towards San Diego Loyal’s Collin Martin, during their recent second-tier USL Championship game.
The Loyal players walked off in protest to forfeit a match they were leading 3-1, ending their chances of reaching the play-offs.
Flemmings had denied using these comments but the USL Championship says his ban follows an investigation that included interviews with players, coaches and match officials.
In a joint statement from both clubs; “Prejudiced language and bigotry has no place in sport or anywhere else for that matter,” said Berke Bakay, Governor of Phoenix Rising FC.
“The on-field events of Wednesday’s match could not be more contrary to the values of our organization. Bringing both clubs together to fight prejudice will undoubtedly lead to great things.
“We look forward to the implementation of these educational programs and hope that they can serve as a model for our league.”
Flemmings will be placed on leave for the remainder of his existing contract and be provided with resources “he needs to learn and grow from, so that he may become a model for change”.