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MLS fines Alvaro Fernandez for embellishment; Schmid says he wants players to respect game

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on March 30, 2012 at 9:25 am with 1 Comment »
March 30, 2012 12:40 pm

The league announced this morning that Sounders midfielder Alvaro Fernandez has been fined for an incident of embellishment late in the win over Houston last week. The league also suspended Houston Dynamo midfielder Adam Moffat for one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for a reckless challenge in that same game.

“Obviously the league has the opportunity, with their Disciplinary Committee, to review cases and situations,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said after training this morning. “I’m not going to comment on Moffet’s situation. Flaco’s situation is something we’ve talked about internally as a team. It’s important that we respect the game.”

Here is the release from the league:

The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee today suspended Houston Dynamo midfielder Adam Moffat for one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for a reckless challenge which endangered the safety of his opponent in the 35th minute of the Dynamo’s match against Seattle Sounders FC on March 23, 2012.

The Disciplinary Committee also fined Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Alvaro Fernandez an undisclosed amount for embellishment of contact in the 82nd minute of the same match on March 23, 2012.

Fines collected will be donated to the charitable partners of MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the MLS Players Union.

More from Schmid:

On if he has spoken to Fernandez previously: “To him and to the whole team. We’ve talked about that in the past with the team, and we continue to talk about it. Sometimes it’s a little more difficult when it’s something that’s accepted maybe where you come from culturally, so it’s a little bit harder to break. But on the same token, it’s where we are as a league and also where we are with the game of football around the world. I think everywhere around the world embellishment is something I think the fans want to see limited or curtailed, so it’s good that we’re taking a firm step in it. I don’t think it’s going to be an issue in the future.”

On if a reputation as a diver can be counterproductive to drawing fouls) “Sometimes yeah, if you have that reputation. Referees say now they look at everything individually, but they have an idea going into the game: Who are the guys who generally seem to pick up yellow cards? Who are the guys that maybe go down a little bit easier than the others? Sometimes then the referee doesn’t give you the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately it also means there are situations where you truly get fouled and you don’t get the benefit of the calls. We want to make sure that when he is fouled that we get that call.”

Is it complicated when fouls aren’t called for guys who don’t embellish?) “I think the line is finer when you see the opponent embellish and get the benefit of the call, and then you think you’re letting your team down by not doing the same on your end of the field. I think that’s where players are saying, ‘He just helped his team. He just helped his team win a free kick. Or he just helped his team win a penalty kick, so shouldn’t I be doing the same?’ But as long as the league stays consistent in terms of how they treat those things… We want our players when they’re fouled, we want to make sure the referees give them the call. And if they’re not fouled, we want them to stay on their feet.”

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  1. EverydayFan says:

    I think that Sigi hits the nail on the head … the risk of embellishment is that you don’t get a call later, and that hurts the team as a whole. Respect the game and respect your team.

    (Oh, and respect the ball boys, too.)


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