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Seattle’s Clint Dempsey apparently escapes disciplinary action

Oct 23, 2013, 3:14 PM EST

Major League Soccer’s disciplinary committee has handed out its weekly fines and suspensions, and a couple of things need saying here. First the facts. From MLS this afternoon:

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has fined FC Dallas midfielders Jackson and David Ferreira for unprofessional conduct detrimental to the image of the League during halftime of their October 19 game against Seattle Sounders FC (VIDEO).

The Committee also has determined that Toronto FC violated the League’s mass confrontation policy in the 63rd minute of their October 19 game against the Chicago Fire (VIDEO). Toronto FC are fined $5,000 and Head Coach Ryan Nelsen is fined $1,000 because this is the club’s third infraction this year.

The “big unsaid” here is that Clint Dempsey has been let off the hook for kicking Dallas Peter Luccin on Saturday. As we said yesterday, it was a tough call, but players can and have been disciplined for doing something quite similar.

(MORE: MLS Disciplinary Committee has a tough decision on Dempsey)

It has happened that Major League Soccer’s disciplinary committee issues a fine or suspension but doesn’t announce it, pending the appeals process. So, there is a tiny chance something is coming later – but probably not. In those cases, MLS typically waits until later in the week, so as to announce any and all fines and suspensions at once. So, again, Dempsey is apparently available for this week’s important LA Galaxy visit to CenturyLink.

Also worth saying here: Jackson and Ferreira are lucky to have remained on the field. If the referee sees this silly thing going on (check out the video here), he has the authority to eject both, which would have left Dallas two men down in a match that it eventually won over Seattle.

Finally, this: the mass confrontation thing in MLS is all over the place. What qualifies as mass confrontation today may not tomorrow. So what’s the point?

And besides that, if MLS really wants to stamp out this bush league stuff, the operative word will be “suspension,” and not “fine.”

Because, while a $1,000 fine may pinch a little for a manager, it’s not really a deterrent. Nor is a $5,000 fine for a club. In fact, that doesn’t even come close.

  1. charliej11 - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    I watched the whole game and I don’t even remember Dempsey deserving a fine.
    So I watched again on your page.

    http://prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com/2013/10/22/mls-disciplinary-committee-has-a-big-decision-ahead-regarding-seattles-clint-dempsey/

    It was the equivilant of shoving someone. He kicks, but it wasn’t worthy of anything. He was fouled pretty hard, he is going to take issue, especially since guys were going after him since he is injured.

  2. perrinbar - Oct 23, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Agreed on the mass confrontation point. How about small fine for infraction 1. Coach suspended for Infraction 2 and points removed for infraction 3? At least that has some heft. Probably too much.

  3. talgrath - Oct 23, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    I think the threat of fine has been relatively effective; there’s been a very conscious effort by people in most situations to only bring three forward to talk to the ref now. Usually when the mass confrontation infraction does occur, it’s when people lost their cool anyway and a suspension might not stop them either.

  4. hildezero - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    I knew it! I knew this was gonna happen.

  5. therealzer0cool - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Gee, I wonder if Steve Davis wrote a “Robbie Keane apparently escapes disciplinary action” for a MUCH more aggressive kick out a Seattle defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado who didn’t foul Keane and got kicked in the nuts by him simply for doing his job last time Seattle played LA?

    Probably not.

    Why don’t you post THAT video….. Because the disciplinary committee chose to ignore it?? Then why didn’t you ignore this? More irrational Seattle hate/trolling.

    • bear06 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      Ummm Dempsey’s kick was a lot worse than what Keane did which was really nothing.

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