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Schmid, Gspurning not overwhelmed by ferocity of scuffle at end of Sounders-Fire match

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on April 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm with No Comments »
May 1, 2012 9:52 am

Chicago coach Frank Klopas and defender Jalil Anibaba apparently will miss one game each as discipline for their actions at the rough-and-tumble end of the Sounders’ 2-1 win over the Fire on Saturday.

Anibaba received a red card from referee Michael Kennedy for a tackle on Seattle defender Leo Gonzalez at the end of the game. Klopas was “dismissed” – a banishment from the bench area, which also brings a one-game suspension.

After the final whistle, both teams remained on the pitch for about a minute of heated words, pushing and shoving.

But neither Sounders coach Sigi Schmid nor goalkeeper Michael Gspurning seemed to give the incident more than a GP rating for violence.

Schmid: “Obviously there’s some pushing and shoving, where they call it ‘Handbags at 10 paces.’ These guys can’t hurt each other. … It’s sort of like a baseball scuffle.”

Gspurning: “I’m coming from Greece, so fighting was normal there. You see on the video, I am standing away from it. … It doesn’t mean if somebody wants to do something with (a teammate) I wouldn’t be one of the first who defends him. But he was safe. I decided not to go there. It’s quite calm here. In Greece, maybe every game has something like this.”

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