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RSL’s Ned Grabavoy fined for simulation (a.k.a. diving)

Jun 12, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

Marcelo Sarvas

There is a basic respect issue in the game that is sometimes honored … sometimes not.

Clearly, it always should be. So Major League Soccer was correct to fine Real Salt Lake’s Ned Grabavoy for simulation. His little dive along the sidelines (a non-threatening position for either team) late in a match that was already decided wasn’t necessary.

The Galaxy’s Marcelo Sarvas got a yellow card for the “foul.” Ordinarily, a yellow card wouldn’t be a whopper of a problem, but in this case it put the Galaxy midfielder over the limit, forcing Sarvas (pictured above) to sit out a match against the Portland Timbers on June 19.

Grabavoy shouldn’t have done this; again, it’s about respect for players and for the game. The problem I have with the fine announced Tuesday by Major League Soccer’s disciplinary committee, however, is this: It happens every week.

It should be dealt with every week. It shouldn’t only be dealt with when it creates a consequence, as it did here.

Deal with the problem every week and issues of “consequence” will become rarer still. Here’s the video from last Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium:


  1. mlsconvert88888 - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    You hit this on the head Steve; the only way to deal with flopping, outside of catching correctly in the game, is constant and consistent retro-active punishment.
    An undisclosed fine is good, but for me I would like to see retroactive yellow cards too, since if the ref actually catches the simulation in the game, that’s the prescribed result. Not sure if it would fly, but the punishment of card accumulation seems to fit the crime.

  2. midtec2005 - Jun 12, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    I’ve though retroactive punishment for this was a good idea for a long time. I think if MLS can do as you suggest, and do it consistently, then they could start a world wide trend. It’s too hard to referees to catch this on their own. They need help from the league.

  3. eaglesbar - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    just stop

  4. dreadpirate82 - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Wait, so they fined Grabavoy, but they didn’t rescind the yellow card? Why not?

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