Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber apologized Friday for comments about Chattanooga’s soccer scene.
“While recently discussing promotion and relegation, I made some inappropriate comments about Chattanooga,” he said in a prepared statement. “I commend all of the soccer fans in Tennessee and the Southeast for their record-breaking support of Chattanooga FC and apologize to the passionate supporters of the club.”
A spokesman also said that Garber has communicated with Chattanooga Football Club leaders about his comments.
On Thursday, writer Stephen Schmidt with SB Nation blog Twice a Cosmo highlighted Garber’s comments, calling them an “ill-advised cheap shot.” Garber’s comments were originally reported by Jeffrey Eisenband.
Garber used Chattanooga as an example of why promotion and relegation-the system in which teams are transferred between leagues based on performance-isn’t a good idea.
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Updated @ 9:41 a.m. on 11/21/15.