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MLS Disciplinary Committee fines Ned Grabavoy for cheating, Marcelo Sarvas still suspended

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has fined Ned Grabavoy for simulation. Grabavoy's simulation earned Marcelo Sarvas a yellow card and a suspension.

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The MLS Disciplinary Committee has fined Real Salt Lake's Ned Grabavoy for simulation in the 90th minute in the LA Galaxy-RSL tilt. The referee ruled a foul on Marcelo Sarvas and issued a yellow card, but the Disciplinary Committee unanimously ruled it was obvious simulation as there was no contact.

Unfortunately for the Galaxy, as of now Sarvas remains suspended for the club's next match as that was his fifth yellow card of the season. If MLS wants to truly remedy the situation, they'll lift the suspension and reset his yellow card count to four.

It's worth wondering if Sarvas is starting to gain a reputation for aggressive play amongst referees. He currently leads the league in fouls committed with 42, and is one of only eight to have five of more yellow cards in the season - though there are nine other players who will be suspended with their next yellow.

We wrote earlier today that Marcelo Sarvas was a snub being left off the Galaxy's five nominations for the MLS All Star Game fan vote. Juninho is the better known name, but choosing Todd Dunivant (who's been injured about half the year at this point) over Sarvas is silly.

As Patrick wrote, Sarvas has four assists from his central midfield position. Part of that is MLS being one of the few leagues to recognize the contributions of midfield attackers with the second assist, but there's no discrediting how key Sarvas has been for LA this year while getting a much smaller share of the credit.