Major League Soccer OKs gay player protections


ALBANY, New York — Major League Soccer has agreed to new measures to protect gay players from discrimination and harassment following similar steps by Major League Baseball and the National Football League.

The efforts are aimed at reinforcing the league’s policies against discrimination. They include expanded sensitivity training for players, a centralized complaint system and posting a code of conduct prohibiting discrimination in home and visitor locker rooms.

The MLS measures came after meetings with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, whose office reached similar agreements with the NFL and MLB. He says workplace harassment and discrimination won’t be tolerated in professional sports.

MLS spokesman Dan Courtemanche confirmed the agreement announced by Schneiderman on Thursday in Manhattan.

MLS has 600 players and 19 teams, including three in Canada. It recently began its 2014-15 season.