Richard Chaplow will miss two games for the Orange County Blues Football club after being banned for using “offensive and abusive language”.
Chaplow, 31, has been accused of using homophobic language towards LA Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers, with the Galaxy man confirming on his Facebook page what he feels was abusive language regarding his sexuality.
A USL statement read: “The United Soccer League has suspended Orange County Blues FC midfielder Richard Chaplow for two games and fined him an undisclosed amount for offensive and abusive language directed at another player during his team’s game against the LA Galaxy II on Aug. 20.
“The suspension was determined following the USL Disciplinary Committee’s investigation into the matter that included a video review, speaking with the referee, as well as players and staff from both teams.
“The USL has zero tolerance for this type of behavior,” said Jake Edwards, President of the USL. “We cannot, nor will we, condone any language that is counter to the values we have instilled throughout the USL.”
Chaplow played for a number of English clubs including West Brom, Preston North End, Millwall and Southampton before switching across the Atlantic this year.
However, despite the allegations made by Rogers, Chaplow has firmly denied using any form of homophobic language, admitting that he swore but nothing more serious than that.
“I have been banned for swearing at a player, not homophobic slurs,” Chaplow told the Daily Telegraph in an official statement.
“At no point in the statement is a homophobic slur made reference to, and the simple reason for this is it didn’t happen.
“I swore several times at Rogers for over reacting to a foul, but at no time was the language homophobic and no evidence has been found of this, hence the way the statement has been wrote.
“I feel it’s important that people realise what the ban is for.
“I have a close family member that is openly part of LGBT community so to suggest I’m homophobic is ridiculous and there is no evidence to support this.”