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April 19, 2012 at 9:43 AM

NY’s Rafa Marquez suspended three games

MLS Logo.jpgThe MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended New York Red Bulls midfielder Rafa Marquez three games for his collarbone-breaking tackle on San Jose’s Shea Salinas last weekend (posted below). Marquez, who is no stranger to retroactive discipline, was also fined an undisclosed amount for actions that were viewed as “violent conduct that demonstrated blatant disregard for the safety of his opponent.”

Earthquakes midfielder Marvin Chavez was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for a tackle in the same game on Red Bulls defender Roy Miller.

Many were hoping/expecting Marquez’ suspension to be longer for the bear hug, tackle and kick, especially from a serial offender in the league and with Salinas expected to be out six to eight weeks.

What do you think?

Here’s a list of the other players who have faced retroactive discipline this season: Houston’s Colin Clark suspended for three games and fined for using a homophobic slur on the field, Houston’s Adam Moffat suspended and fined for one game for a reckless challenge, Seattle’s Alvaro Fernandez fined for embellishment of contact, D.C. United’s Brandon McDonald suspended and fined for one game for a reckless challenge, FC Dallas’ Jair Benitez suspended and fined for one game for violent conduct, Vancouver’s Atiba Harris suspended and fined for one game for violent conduct, D.C. United’s Danny Cruz fined for embellishment of contact and New England’s Shalrie Joseph suspended and fined for one game for reckless challenge.

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