The incident occurred during a home match against the Portland Timbers on September 18.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus Crew forward Cucha Hernandez has been suspended from the club’s game this weekend “for using offensive language,” Major League Soccer announced Thursday.

Hernandez will miss the home opener against the New York Red Bulls on October 1.

The incident occurred during a game against the Portland Timbers on September 18 at Lower.com Field.

Crew Hernandez signed from Premier League club Watford earlier this year.

MLS said Hernandez was not given league-mandated profanity training, which is usually required when players arrive with an MLS team.

“I accept the outcome of the League’s decision and sincerely apologize for the hurtful language I used during our recent match against the Portland Timbers. I understand my language was unacceptable and plan to reach out to the Timbers organization and the player to apologize and fully intend to learn from this situation. I also apologize to my teammates and our fans as this is a critical time of the season,” Hernandez wrote in a club statement.

Crew president and general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said the club cooperated fully once the matter was brought to his attention.

“We are disappointed that our player used disrespectful and abusive language towards an opponent and we will take this opportunity to better train our players and learn from this. Kucho immediately repented of his unacceptable choice of language and volunteered to apologize to Timbers for organizing and participating in sensitivity training,” Bezbatchenko wrote.

In 15 games this seasonhe scored nine goals and provided two assists.

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