"The initial step in dealing with the situation was to remove Jair Maruffo from his assignment for this weekend. After careful consideration, the decision has been made to officially suspend him for this week and the following week."
-- USSF spokesman Neil Buethe explains actions against referee Jair Maruffo for accepting the gift of Chicago's Cuauhtemoc Blanco's jersey following the Fire's April 25 game at Columbus. Maruffo is one of U.S. Soccer's four full-time referees. (Washington Post)