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Feb 20, 2013

Quinn steps down as FC Dallas CEO

Doug Quinn has stepped down as MLS club FC Dallas' chief executive just three months after he was charged with beating and choking his wife at a New York City hotel.

Quinn had been placed on administrative leave after police said he assaulted wife Elizabeth after an argument in their Manhattan hotel room on November 10. A criminal complaint said he repeatedly punched her in the face, put a pillow over her head and applied pressure so she couldn't breathe.

Quinn is charged with single counts of felony strangulation and misdemeanor assault and free on $20,000 bail.

"After much consideration, I have decided to resign from FC Dallas to spend more time with my two beautiful daughters," Quinn said in a statement. "I will be forever grateful to Clark and the Hunt family for giving me an opportunity to lead this great franchise, and I sincerely appreciate the hard work and dedication shown every day by the FC Dallas family."

Hunt Sports Group vice president Dan Hunt will continue to lead FC Dallas on an interim basis as the club begins its search for a new president.

"Doug has significantly improved the operations of FC Dallas, and the club is well-positioned for future success," said team owner Clark Hunt. "We greatly appreciate his many contributions to the club and support his decision to step down to focus on his family and pursue other opportunities."

Quinn will appear next in a New York court March 14.

Dallas finished sixth in MLS' Western Conference and missed the playoffs.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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