Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid was suspended and filed by the league today for his criticisms of referee Ricardo Salazar after the club’s scoreless draw with Real Salt Lake on Wednesday.
Here is the release from the league:
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber today suspended Seattle Sounders FC Coach Sigi Schmid for one game and fined him $2,000 for inappropriate public comments about the officials during and after his team’s game against Real Salt Lake on Oct. 17.
“Sigi Schmid’s comments earlier this week about the officiating were unacceptable,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said. “MLS requires that its players, coaches, and club leadership maintain proper respect for the officials at all times.”
The suspension will be served Sunday when FC Dallas comes to CenturyLink Field. Assistant coach Brian Schmetzer will assume Schmid’s coaching duties.
Sounders FC says it will have no statement regarding the league’s action.