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San Jose Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon issues statement regarding homophobic slur

San Jose Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon has issued an apology after NBC Sports Network cameras captured him using what appeared to be a homophobic slur towards the Portland Timbers' Will Johnson in Sunday night's encounter between the two teams.

“I sincerely apologize for what I said in our game tonight," Gordon said in a statement posted on the Earthquakes' website. "Although I said it in the heat of the moment, that language has no place in our game. That is not my character, but there is still no excuse for saying what I said. I made a mistake and I accept full responsibility for my actions.”

The incident, which took place following a foul by Johnson on Gordon in the 60th minute, did not result in any disciplinary action, though Gordon was sent off nine minutes later for receiving a second yellow card in an unrelated incident.