Will Johnson cleared for Orlando City return after domestic violence charges
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Will Johnson has been cleared to play for Orlando City after prosecutors decided not to pursue domestic violence charges against the Canada midfielder.
Major League Soccer said on Friday that Johnson reached a verbal agreement with the state to enter a year-long diversion program that includes a 26-week domestic violence program.
Johnson was arrested and charged with domestic battery Sept. 6. He has already served a five-game suspension. And He returned to training Monday.
"Major League Soccer today confirmed that the prosecution will not pursue charges against Orlando City SC midfielder Will Johnson with regard to an alleged domestic incident on Sept. 5, provided that he completes a year-long diversion program, including a 26-week domestic violence counseling program," a league statement read.
"The League Office has also completed its independent investigation and Johnson is now permitted to return to team activities and competition in light of the suspension that he has already served.
"The evidence reviewed by the MLS League Office does not establish that Johnson physically assaulted his wife. Nonetheless, the League Office has concluded that his overall conduct the night of the incident was not consistent with League policy.
"As a result of all of the circumstances, the League Office has concluded that the five-game suspension served was appropriate."
Orlando City hosts the Columbus Crew SC on Sunday night.