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Report: Real Monarchs coach Mark Briggs suspended following domestic violence charges; charges later dropped

Jamison Olave named Real Monarchs’ interim coach following the suspension

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Update: The charges were later dropped.

Real Monarchs coach Mark Briggs has been suspended indefinitely following allegations of domestic violence, according to a club-issued press release.

Those allegations were first reported in the Salt Lake Tribune by reporter Paighten Harkins, who focuses on domestic violence, and the naming of Olave was reported by KSL.com’s Carter Williams.

Briggs, 36, has a court date set at June 12.

From the club:

Real Salt Lake will remain in close communication with local authorities and MLS / USL offices throughout this investigation. The Club will not have further comment on this matter until the conclusion of our investigation, at which time additional and further disciplinary action may or may not be taken.”

Briggs is suspended – effective immediately – from his coaching duties, beginning with tonight’s Monarchs home game against Sacramento Republic FC, and will be placed on administrative leave until further notice. Former RSL defender Jamison Olave – an assistant with the Monarchs since February, 2017 – will serve as the USL side’s interim head coach.