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MLS to Review Timbers’ Investigation of Andy Polo Domestic Violence Allegations

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Major League Soccer announced Friday that it is launching an investigation into the Portland Timbers’ handling of domestic violence allegations against former player Andy Polo.

According to ESPN, an MLS spokesperson said the league is hiring an outside law firm to conduct the investigation and added the following in a statement:

“Following the allegations made last week against Andy Polo, Major League Soccer promptly launched a review into the decisions that the Portland Timbers made in response to the charges brought against the player last May. The Timbers are committed to this review and have pledged their full cooperation.”

Per ESPN, Polo’s former partner, Genessis Alarcon, said last week on Peruvian television that Polo pulled her hair, slapped her in the face and gave her a black eye. She said he also hasn’t been paying child support for their children.

Pablo Maurer and Sam Stejskal of The Athletic reported that the Timbers did not notify MLS of police responding to a domestic violence call at Polo’s home in May 2021.

The Timbers suspended Polo and then released him last week after Alarcon came forward with the allegations.

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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