NEW YORK – A soccer fan in Atlanta has been banned by Major League Soccer from attending matches, the league announced Thursday.
During Tuesday’s match between Atlanta United and Minnesota United FC, a spectator threw a plastic cup that struck Professional Referee Organization official Armando Villarreal.
The spectator, who was identified and removed from the stadium by security officials, has been charged with assault by the Atlanta Police Department.
The league has banned the individual from attending MLS matches.
MLS has no tolerance for this type of behavior or any behavior that threatens the safety of players, coaches, referees, staff and fans.
The fan was not identified by MLS.