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MLS Disciplinary Committee adds to De Jong suspension; fines Villa

Photo by Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports

Photo by Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports

Nigel de Jong has earned the ire of the MLS Disciplinary Committee once again, as the LA Galaxy star is set for another suspension.

MLS announced on Wednesday that de Jong will serve an additional one game suspension for his red card last week, and will now sit out a total of two games. De Jong was sent off in the Galaxy’s July 4 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, and served the mandated one-game suspension in the team’s 1-0 win over the Sounders. The additional game will keep the Dutch midfielder out of the Galaxy’s clash with the Houston Dynamo on Friday.

The suspension is de Jong’s second of the season following a three-game ban for an April tackle on Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe.

In addition, the Disciplinary Committee issued fines to both NYCFC forward David Villa and Sounders forward Oalex Anderson. Villa’s fine was issued for what the league deemed to be a violation of league policy regarding hands to the face, head or neck of an opponent, while Anderson was docked for simulation.

What do you think of the news? Did the Disciplinary Committee get it right?

Share your thoughts below.

  • bottlcaps

    I think the MLS will eventually get into do-do with players, other refs and fans when they consistently substitute their wisdom, in place of the referee’s.
    The referee is he only one who reallt sees the play, UNLESS he write its up in his match report the “I didn’t see the play”

    Let the ref’s manage the game and make the game time decisions, for good or ill. It forces the ref’s make better decisions as now thy can just say. “well if I miss something, someone else catch my mistake” Hardly a way to make the ref’s better.

    It’s refereeing by “nanny”!


  • Sean stone

    I’m fine with severely punishing De Jong all the time. He earned his reputation with many years of despicable nastiness.


  • mattjack

    This is getting ridiculous. It’s a one game suspension. Stop this paranoia MLS. You aren’t helping the brand or league by trying to be like the stupid NFL enforcing your own damn rules on top of the initial rules all the time. Next thing you know you’ll suspend a goalie for deflating balls.


    • RB

      It’s not ridiculous. It’s just a logical thing to do with a woefully inadequate and antiquated on-field refereeing system.


  • troy2

    When he is fired/quits the league, what will be his knee-jerk response?

    “Oh that league is amateurish, they don’t know how real footballers play like in Europe.”


    “They had it in for me ever since I injured Stuart Holden and I couldn’t catch a break.”


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