By FRANCO PANIZO
Intentional or not, Bakary Soumare is paying the piper.
Soumare was handed a one-game suspension and undisclosed fine by the MLS Disciplinary Committee on Thursday for stepping on Michael Seaton in the Chicago Fire’s 3-3 draw with D.C. United last weekend. The incident occurred in the ninth minute after Soumare fouled the teenage forward near midfield, resulting in a ban that will keep the Fire center back from playing in the club’s match at the Houston Dynamo on Sunday.
Additionally, the MLS Disciplinary Committee fined Chivas USA midfielder Leandro Barrera an unknown amount for simulation in the 80th minute of Sunday’s 3-0 loss to Toronto FC.
Barrera is the second player this week to be punished with only a fine. Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley was given a monetary penalty on Tuesday for his critical comments to media regarding match official David Gantar, who made a controversial decision that disallowed a would-be winner for the Reds in a 1-1 draw with the Fire on Sept. 13.
What do you think of these punishments? Was Soumare’s incident worth more than just a one-game suspension?
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