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In his rant about poor officiating in his team's loss last weekend to the Colorado Rapids, Portland Timbers coach John Spencer alluded to the fact that he'd likely be disciplined by Major League Soccer for his comments. He was right.
MLS commissioner Don Garber has suspended Spencer for one game and fined him $2,500 for his comments. Spencer was fined an additional $2,000 on top of the automatic $500 fine for being sent off at the end of the Rapids match.
"John Spencer's recent public criticism of MLS officials was not constructive and will not be tolerated," Garber said in a statement. "We recognize that referee's decisions can be debated, but public comments cannot impugn the credibility of the officials or the League. MLS requires that its players, coaches, and club leadership maintain proper respect for the officials at all times."
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