David Beckham Suspended by MLS Committee for confrontational and provocative behavior
Soccer News: David Beckham Suspended by MLS Committee for Kicking Ball and Creating Skirmish During San Jose Earthquake Match
San Jose's 4-3 victory against LA Galaxy was upsetting for the MLS Champions, but the pain from the match didn't stop on the field.
Eliminated from the London Olympics and now suspended from playing the next game in the MLS, this is not the best time for legendary golden boy David Beckham.
The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee handed LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham a one-game suspension on Thursday for actions that led to a scuffle during the team’s loss to the San Jose Earthquakes last Saturday.
The Disciplinary Committee also fined Beckham an undisclosed amount for his role in the incident, during which he showed confrontational and provocative behavior in the final minutes of the team’s 4-3 loss at Stanford Stadium.
How can David Beckham get suspended just when his team needs him the most as they rally near the bottom of the rankings? How can America’s soccer icon, adored by so many, lose his temper on the field? Or did the MLS Committee overreact to his actions – kicking the soccer ball in the direction of San Jose’s Sam Cronin in the 93rd minute of the match? Perhaps it was Cronin’s response to the ball that was extreme? Beckham was issued a yellow card for his actions and now will be suspended for the Galaxy’s game against Chicago Fire this Sunday.
The yellow card Beckham received while playing San Jose also cost him playing against Philadelphia Union, as he had been given too many cards.
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While it is hard to see exactly what happened on the video, perhaps stating that Beckham’s conduct was unacceptable and detrimental to the league’s public image was excessive.
Soccer heroes are role models for youth soccer players around the world. While Beckham serves his suspension as the LA Galaxy play Chicago Fire on Sunday, thousand of soccer fans will miss him on the field.
During a stoppage in play in the 93rd minute of the San Jose match, Beckham kicked a ball in the direction of San Jose midfielder Sam Cronin, who was on the ground in the Earthquakes' penalty box. The ball struck Cronin and set off a near melee between players from the two teams, and Beckham was issued a yellow card for the incident.
The soccer police (AKA the MLS Committee) also fined LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena and Montreal head coach Jesse Marsch.