Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget has been suspended two games and fined an undisclosed amount for use of a homophobic slur earlier this month, Major League Soccer announced Friday.
Lletget will miss Sunday’s game against the New York Red Bulls and a May 2 match against the Seattle Sounders. The 28-year-old will also be required to attend diversity, equity and inclusion training.
Lletget used the slur in a video he posted to his Instagram account. He later deleted the post and issued an apology.
“This was a poor decision on my end and it was a moment of just pure stupidity,” Lletget said in his apology. “I’m a human, I made a mistake and that’s simply what happened. But now I want to rectify that.”
The MLS statement said it “acknowledges and appreciates Lletget’s prompt apology and the accountability he has taken for his actions.”
Lletget had an assist in the Galaxy’s 3-2 season-opening win over Inter Miami CF last Sunday.
He has 20 goals and 23 assists in 133 matches (111 starts) over seven seasons with the Galaxy.
–Field Level Media