Timbers’ Andy Polo suspended over domestic violence allegations
Portland Timbers midfielder Andy Polo has been suspended from all team activities by Major League Soccer after his former girlfriend accused him of domestic violence on Peruvian television. The league announced on Wednesday.
The league also said it was investigating the allegations.
Polo’s former girlfriend Genesis Alarcon claimed on the Peruvian TV show “Magaly TV, La Firme” that Polo assaulted her and her children.
“He pulled my hair, I fell on the ground, he hit me and gave me a black eye,” she said in Spanish to Lima newspaper La Republica. “Yes, he was also violent towards my children.”
Alarcon also said Polo also stopped helping her and her children financially. It is unclear when the alleged abuse took place.
Polo, 27, has spent the last four seasons with the Timbers. He has scored two goals in 69 games with the club that reached the MLS Cup last season. Polo missed a significant portion of the season with a quad and meniscus injury that required surgery.
Polo is also a member of the Peru national team and competed in the 2018 World Cup.