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October 19, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Coach Sigi Schmid suspended one game and fined $2,000 for comments on officiating

MLS Logo.jpgSounders FC coach Sigi Schmid has been suspended one game and fined $2,000 for “inappropriate public comments” directed toward referee Ricardo Salazar after Wednesday’s game, MLS announced Friday.

“Sigi Schmid’s comments earlier this week about the officiating were unacceptable,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a league release. “MLS requires that its players, coaches, and club leadership maintain proper respect for the officials at all times.”

A Sounders FC spokesman has said the team won’t issue a statement or comment on the matter. Schmid will serve his suspension during Sunday’s home game versus FC Dallas and top assistant Brian Schmetzer will serve as head coach.

Schmetzer is 1-0 in that role as he coached the Sounders for a 2-1 home win in 2009 versus Houston.

Here were some of the coach’s postgame comments after the 0-0 tie with Real Salt Lake:

“I don’t want anymore questions about Salazar, but the thing is, our fans know his name. I don’t think many fans know the name of the referee. I think that’s an indication. How that’s not a red card on Schuler… I didn’t know Borchers was that fast that he was able to get in behind him. I thought that’s a last-man foul, and it’s not a red card? I’m not going to argue the red card on Scott. I do have a problem when you put two minutes of extra time on and they take the corner at two minutes and 30 seconds at the end of the game. So it’s like, ‘OK, we’re going to give them another chance to score.’ I just thought we were hard done by the officiating all night in certain regards.”

Schmid also said during a halftime interview on KONG-TV that Salazar was RSL’s “12th Man.”

Later in his postgame press conference, Schmid said: “Lord help us if we get Salazar in the playoffs.”

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