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Mullan suspended 10 games for reckless tackle

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on April 28, 2011 at 11:15 am with 4 Comments »
April 28, 2011 11:26 am

This just in from the league. We’ll add Sounders reaction as soon as possible:

The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee today suspended Colorado Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan for his tackle on Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Steve Zakuani in the 3rd minute of the game on Friday, April 22. Mullan received a red card for the challenge, which resulted in the breaking of Zakuani’s right tibia and fibula.

The Disciplinary Committee determined that Mullan’s challenge was reckless, egregious, and showed utter disregard for the safety of his opponent. Mullan will be suspended for a total of 10 games and fined a total of $5,000, including the automatic one-game suspension and $250 fine for receiving a red card.

Meanwhile, the Sounders have released this statement from general manager Adrian Hanauer.

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  1. exSlacker says:

    feels about right to me. Thoughts?

  2. I was talking with some of the other Sounders reporters yesterday and we were setting the over/under around five games. This feels right to me, and stronger than I expected.

  3. This is what I was hoping for realistically (though a season sounds like justice). But I’m actually kinda surprised that a) the MLS went this far and b) that neither Mullan nor the Player’s Assoc will appeal. Seems like everyone has come to terms with the fact that this was one of those defining moments for the league and an example had to be made.

  4. jimkingjr says:

    If it was an unpaid suspension, maybe enough. As it is, and given the lack of remorse for the act itself, by both Mullan and the Colorado organization, hardly enough. May the bad karma come back to bite them big time.

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