LA Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget has been suspended for two games by Major League Soccer for use of a “homophobic slur” in an Instagram post on April 9. Lletget will serve the suspension starting this weekend against the New York Red Bulls, and will also miss the May 2 matchup against the Sounders.
Lletget has been a key contributor to both the LA Galaxy and the US Men’s National Team since he arrived from West Ham United in 2015. In 2020 Lletget scored 6 goals and talled 4 assists in 20 games for the Galaxy. Lletget scored in the Sept. 27, 2020 game against the Sounders, a 1-1 draw.
The reason for the two-game suspension is unclear, as MLS has typically punished similar actions with three-game suspensions. Marc Burch, Colin Clark, and Alan Gordon all received three-game penalties from the league for similar language. Lletget did express immediate remorse for his actions, which may have played into his favor. A request for clarification from the league was not returned as of publication. This story will be updated if there is a response.
Lletget is required to attend diversity, equity and inclusion training through Athlete Ally.