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Crimes and misdemeanors: Congratulations, Bobby Boswell – you’re this week’s winner

May 22, 2013, 7:32 PM EDT

Credit to Bobby Boswell — he seems to know what he did — but wow was that stupid. The headbutt he put on Dimitry Imbongo wasn’t even that difficult to spot. As a result, Boswell saw red, wasn’t on the field for New England’s upset win in Houston, and of this afternoon, the move will cost him an extra game on the sideline.

The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee handed down its ruling this afternoon, giving Boswell an addition one-game ban for his little launch into Ombongo. On top of the automatic suspension the Houston defender gets with the red card, the D.C.’s ruling means Boswell won’t be available until after June 1.

From MLS’s release:

Boswell was issued a red card for the offense, and the Committee unanimously determined that Boswell’s head butt was an egregious act that required further sanction.  Thus, Boswell will serve a total suspension of two games – this Sunday at Sporting Kansas City and June 1 at the Columbus Crew.

For his part, Boswell has more problem with his actions than the punishment:

“It was a pretty dumb play on my part,” Boswell told “You do something stupid, you’re going to pay the price. If you put yourself in front of a Disciplinary Committee that usually means you’ve done something wrong and I’m not going to argue with that.”

Maybe I’m letting his play on the field cloud things a bit, but this one surprised me. Boswell is coming off the best year of his career and is somebody who seems to be a leader along the back. With Geoff Cameron’s sale and Andre Hainault losing time in the team (before moving on), Boswell was the one consistent presence along the back. Maybe he let the moment get to him, but this isn’t the type of reaction we’ve come to expect from him.

Boswell claims he was provoked, but it’s difficult to see how. Or, it’s difficult to see any provokation from this weekend’s game justifying that response.

“In hindsight I wish I would’ve handled it differently, but it’s one of those where, if you keep taking shots, at what point do you get fed up and put a stop to it? … I look at it in terms of, you’ve got kids watching the game and it’s a bad example and it’s a bad role model. I learned my lesson … I hurt the team and that’s the worst thing about the whole thing.”

  1. geojock - May 23, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    In the stands we could see this coming from a mile away. We just didnt know which player would make the first stupid move. They kept getting on each other and it was more and more aggressive. Of course no warnings from the ref or any attempt to settle things down. He just wait till it finally boiled over and then both teams lost a player. Everyone is a loser here. Fans had to watch a 10v10 game. DC lost a player for one game, Houston for two. I am still asking the question, has anyone actually SEEN MLS and US PRO holding any refs accountable?

  2. chadmoon1 - May 23, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Houston had to play with 10 players because Boswell did something stupid. He is the one to be held accountable, not the referee.

    I’ll say this again: Until you have the guts to put on the shirt, put a whistle in your hand, and go out to officiate even a game at the under 6 level, don’t come here and bring that drivel about how it’s the referee’s fault. And I’ll bet a house payment that you don’t now, nor will ever, have the guts to do so.

    • sportsareboring - May 23, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      Lol. You’re a worm.

    • geojock - May 24, 2013 at 9:06 AM

      I never said it was the all the refs fault and no fault of Boswell. The game was miserable to watch. The first 2/3rds of the game because you could just see the game getting out of hand, the last 3rd because of the all of the antics as the game was out of hand.
      So all it takes to ref is guts? No wonder MLS refs are so bad.

      Just like anything else to have good people you need accountability. Even the best in any profession can fade if never held accountable.

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