Here is the final version that was posted on online late last night…
Started watching a Mexican Primera Division match between Monarcas de Morelia and Indios de Ciudad Juarez this morning. There was another Mexican League game on another channel. L.A. is great — all the soccer you can see in Seattle and then some, with Telefutura and Telemundo on basic cable.
Few know the Galaxy like Grahame Jones from the L.A. Times. Here’s a passage from his game report:
There seemed little malicious intent behind the tackle, which occurred in the center circle, but Salazar was firm in his decision despite protests from Beckham’s teammates.
Beckham walked off the field looking — take your pick — angry, disgusted, resigned. It was the first red card he has received in his three seasons in MLS.
“Obviously, Pete’s one of my best friends,” Beckham said, “so I think it was a hard tackle but by no means a red card. That’s the inconsistency, unfortunately, we’ve got with some of the officials in the league”
“I’ve never gone into a tackle wanting to hurt someone. But the referee saw it different. Maybe he’ll decide against it when he sees the replay, but no, definitely not malicious and, in my eyes, definitely not a red card.”