MLS Disciplinary Committee Fines LA Galaxy's Cristman

HARRISON, NJ - OCTOBER 30: Adam Cristman #17 of the Los Angeles Galaxy and teammate Juninho #19 exchange words with Rafa Marquez #4, Carlos Mendes #44, and Stephane Auvray #25 of the New York Red Bulls following the match at Red Bull Arena on October 30, 2011 in Harrison, New Jersey. Galaxy defeated the Red Bulls 1-0. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)

Most importantly, the MLS Disciplinary Committee did not overturn the red cards for either Juninho or Rafa Marquez. However, additionally, the Disciplinary Committee suspended Marquez for an additional two games and fined him $2,000 for his actions after the final whistle on Sunday. Adam Cristman and Teemu Tainio were fined undisclosed amounts but were not suspended for what the committee called improper conduct and escalating the incident. 

The committee called Marquez' conduct violent and aggressive, and put the league in disrepute. The MLS Players Union appealed on Marquez' behalf. Don Garber heard the appeal and elected to uphold the decision. 

 

"After thorough examination of the incident that followed the Oct. 30 game between the New York Red Bulls and the LA Galaxy," said MLS Executive Vice President Nelson Rodriguez. "The Disciplinary Committee strongly believed Rafa Marquez must be punished above the red card he was issued for throwing the ball after the final whistle because of the following actions: attempting to head butt Adam Cristman, attempting to punch Adam Cristman; striking Cristman, and simulating that he had been struck in the face."

No word on whether Juninho's Red Card was reviewed. The fines collected by MLS go toward MLS Works, which has a number of revitalization projects planned for MLS Cup week in Los Angeles. 

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