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The Seattle defender was caught on camera directing abusive homophobic language towards an opponent.

Seattle Sounders defender Marc Burch has issued an apology for using abusive language during his side's playoff game against Real Salt Lake on Thursday evening.

The seven-year Major League Soccer veteran was captured on camera uttering a homohphobic slur in the direction of a Real Salt Lake player.

"I apologize for my horrific choice of words last night during our match," said Burch in a statement. "This is something that is inconsistent with my family values and because of that I am both disappointed and embarrassed by my level of poor judgment. I take seriously my role as a leader in the community and this is completely regrettable and unacceptable. Character matters and I hope through hard work on and off the field to begin earning your respect and trust again."

Earlier this season, Houston Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark was fined and given a three-game suspension for directing the same language at a ball boy in a game against Seattle.

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