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MLS Players Union criticizes league’s ‘inadequate’ security measures in wake of Howard suspension

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The MLS Players Union acknowledged Tim Howard’s responsibility in last week’s incident, but also called for the league to take responsibility for how the situation was handled.

Following news of Tim Howard’s three-game suspension for an altercation with a fan, the MLS Players Union called for the league to take more preventative measures going forward. The Players Union called for the league to be more diligent in enforcing the fan Code of Conduct, which the Union says was violated

Howard was suspended by the league on Friday night for an altercation following the Colorado Rapids’ loss to Sporting KC. The goalkeeper was also involved in a postgame clash with Dom Dwyer prior to the incident with the fan.

“Tim Howard made an unfortunate and 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.”


  1. The description they’re providing of the proximity, (ignorant) vehemence and alcohol isn’t something Tim Howard hasn’t faced while in England.

    I provided a link in previous article of this story showing him pointing his finger, nearly, on Dom Dwyer’s nose in a post-match altercation that Peter Vermes had to break up. Based on everything I’m seeing in pieces it looks like Tim getting into it with everyone. Fans and players.


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