MLS dropped some big news very late on Friday night as the league suspended Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard 3 games and issued him an undisclosed fine for foul language directed toward a fan and for an altercation with a fan following the Rapids 3-1 loss at Sporting Kansas City Sunday night.
There has been video surfaced that showed Howard in an altercation with a fan and the Rapids keeper saying something along the lines of "I f***ed your mother." You can judge for yourself.
The league also has video of Howard in a physical confrontation with a fan in the tunnel after the game. That video, which has not been released, apparently shows Howard grabbing a fan.
The Rapids released the following statement:
Tim Howard made an unfortunate and regrettable mistake for which he is being disciplined by MLS. 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.
Major League Soccer and all 22 clubs have taken the pledge with the “Don’t Cross the Line” campaign, which is “dedicated to supporting the communities where we live and play our games, and to providing an environment in which our staff, clubs, players, partners and supporters are treated with dignity and respect.”
Everyone at the Colorado Rapids Soccer Club stands behind Tim and we look forward to welcoming him back to the pitch in the near future.
Howard will miss Colorado's next 3 MLS games: v Real Salt Lake, at Minnesota, and at Orlando. Howard will be eligible to return to MLS action on May 5 at home against Vancouver.