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Orlando City SC midfielder Will Johnson was arrested early Wednesday morning on domestic-violence charges, according to a report by WFTV.com. Per league policy, Major League Soccer has suspended the Canadian international indefinitely.
According to the police report, Johnson tried to record an argument he and his wife had late Tuesday night. Upon attempting to record the argument with his phone, Johnson’s wife grabbed the phone. That’s when Johnson “tackled her by wrapping both of his arms completely around her waist. [His wife] fell to the ground and hit the right side of her head on the brick patio. [She] also scraped her right knee, left hand and right arm from the fall.”
“Orlando City SC midfielder Will Johnson was arrested Wednesday and charged with misdemeanor battery in connection with an alleged domestic incident,” the league said in a statement released Wednesday. “Johnson has been suspended pending investigations by MLS and the Orlando Police Department. Major League Soccer will remain in close communication with Orlando City SC, local law enforcement and the MLS Players Union during this investigation. MLS will not have further comment on this matter until the conclusion of the league’s investigation.”
As for the club itself, Orlando City released a statement agreeing with the league.
“Orlando City SC midfielder Will Johnson was arrested early Wednesday morning in connection with an alleged domestic dispute. We are working closely with MLS and local authorities through this matter and fully support the league’s decision to suspend the player pending further investigation. The club will not provide further comment until the investigation into this alleged incident is complete.”
City returns to action when they travel to face last-place D.C. United on Saturday.
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