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The Rafa Marquez suspension countdown has begun …

Apr 17, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

Mexican soccer player Rafael Marquez arrives for the opening night of the broadway show 'Evita' in New York

This Rafa Marquez story just keeps spinning, of course. And we haven’t even reached “suspension announcement” phase just yet.

Earthquakes players weren’t happy at all with the Red Bulls midfielder for his treatment of Shea Salinas. Right back Steven Beitashour told MLSsoccer.com that everybody wants to be tight in their marking and the “physical” is OK. But …

“That’s not being physical. That’s just being dirty.”

Indeed.

Salinas said today that he forgives Marquez and really doesn’t care what kind of suspension is in the works. He may be one of the few. Outrage can be found in every nook and cranny of the big internet palace at this point.

Rest assured, the disciplinary committee will speak on this one. Whether they’ll bring down the big hammer or just hit Marquez with a love tap is the question. My guess: two matches. One for the take down and one for the kick at the end. It won’t be written up that way, exactly, but that’s where it could land.

Marquez’s history works against him. Don’t forget, he missed the first three games this year for his part in nearly instigating a full donnybrook  after last year’s playoff loss to the Galaxy.

If you haven’t seen Saturday action in question, here ‘tis:

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