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Freak out: MLS suspends David Beckham one game

Jul 5, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

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Major League Soccer suspended David Beckham one game for “confrontational and provocative behavior in the final minutes of the [Los Angeles Galaxy]’s 4-3 loss at Stanford Stadium,” which included kicking a ball at downed Sam Cronin and maybe, sort of getting into a fight with the San Jose Earthquakes mascot.

There will be plenty of talk about the suspension — whether it’s long enough (probably not), etc. etc. — but I vote we all just move on. Focusing on this incident for too long doesn’t do anyone any good.

Here’s the official statement:

NEW YORK – The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee handed LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham a one-game suspension on Thursday for actions that led to a scuffle during the team’s loss to the San Jose Earthquakes last Saturday.

The Disciplinary Committee also fined Beckham an undisclosed amount for his role in the incident, during which he showed confrontational and provocative behavior in the final minutes of the team’s 4-3 loss at Stanford Stadium.

The Committee also stated that it considered his conduct unacceptable and detrimental to the league’s public image. Beckham will serve his suspension during the Galaxy’s matchup at the Chicago Fire on Sunday (3 pm ET, ESPN).

During a stoppage in play in the 93rd minute of the San Jose match, Beckham kicked a ball in the direction of San Jose midfielder Sam Cronin, who was on the ground in the Earthquakes’ penalty box. The ball struck Cronin and set off a near melee between players from the two teams, and Beckham was issued a yellow card for the incident.

Beckham served a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation on Wednesday during the Galaxy’s 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Union.

The Committee also levied undisclosed fines for recent public criticism of the officials to LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena and Montreal head coach Jesse Marsch.

  1. wyrm1 - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    It’s not enough. Of course we will move on, it’s not like he committed murder or something.

    However, it makes very clear the double standard between regular MLS players and the “stars”. What referee is going to have the guts to card Becks for his endless dissent when it has been made clear by MLS that they don’t want that?

    I was a fan of the Beckham experiment, but his dirty play, consistent dissenting and general unpleasantness is getting old fast.

  2. teamperkins11 - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    We can’t have Beckham upset when he is busy recruiting DP’s to the league (Lampard comes to mind). Seriously did anyone expect anything else. Any player in any major league throws or kicks a ball in the direction of a down player, hits the player and ref standing over the downed player and they are facing a major suspension. Can you imagine Peyton Manning or Drew Brees firing a pass at a defender they think is down trying to stop the clock at the end of a game?

  3. denny65 - Jul 6, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    Wait: Beckham is still playing?

  4. seanb20124 - Jul 6, 2012 at 5:24 AM

    Downed player got up awfully quick for such a serious knock he just got.

    • teamperkins11 - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      Cronin was down for a total of 20 seconds and was on his way up as ball arrived, check replay.

  5. florida727 - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Since the game Sunday is on ESPN, I respectfully ask the league NOT to suspend Victoria Beckham for the match. Thank you.

  6. bobinkc - Jul 6, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    The only way this will work is if LA withholds one game’s worth of his salary for general stupidity. Beck-beck may have been disappointed by not getting on the English team for the Olympics, but he is getting old and probably needs to be put out to pasture pretty soon. Either that or beat over the head with a board for being a major snot.

  7. saulbarrera83 - Jul 6, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    The MLS should have banned and fined Cronin for his feigning of his head-shot injury. Beckham wanted to get on with the last 20 seconds of stoppage. The officiating in the MLS is atrocious.

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