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Players Union responds to 'Ball boy-gate'
May 15th, 2013 8:33PM

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[MLS DISCIPLINE] The MLS Disciplinary Committee had a lot to chew over after an incident-filled week featuring 15 matches.

The most-publicized incident involved Mexican Mario de Luna, who was suspended one game for aggressively retrieving the ball from a ball boy late in Chivas USA's 3-0 loss at Portland.

The suspension drew a response from the MLS Players Union, which appealed to MLS to eliminate what it described as "ball boy antics," despite the fact that MLS had confirmed the ball boy did nothing wrong because the throw-in was in fact for the Timbers, not Chivas USA.

Players Union Statement:
"Physical contact between a player and a ball boy should never occur. Rather than focusing exclusively on player punishment, however, the league must eliminate ball boy antics, as the Players Union requested last year. There should be no place in our game for off-field personnel to attempt to impact play on the field. The failure to address this problem substantially increases the risk of unfortunate incidents like we saw last weekend.The league and our teams must do their part to keep our stadiums safe. We urge the league once again to take action and hold teams accountable for the conduct of their ball boys."

In other disciplinary matters:

-- On appeal, MLS Commissioner Don Garber reduced by one game the suspension issued to San Jose Earthquakes forward Marvin Chavez for violent conduct in a May 8 game against Toronto FC, which means that Chavez will be eligible for the Earthquakes game May 18 against the Colorado Rapids.

-- Johnny Leveron (Vancouver) was suspended one game for a reckless challenge on LA Galaxy forward Jose Villareal. The Honduran will serve his suspension May 18 when Vancouver plays Portland.

-- Edson Buddle (Colorado) was suspended one game for a reckless challenge on Columbus Crew midfielder Tony Tchani. He will serve his suspension May 18 when Colorado plays San Jose.
 
-- Kwame Watson-Siriboe (Real Salt Lake) was suspended one game for violent conduct on Montreal Impact forward Marco Di Vaio and will serve his suspension May 19 when Real Salt Lake plays Chivas USA.



1 comment
  1. Margaret Manning
    commented on: May 16, 2013 at 3:13 p.m.
    How about an end to grown men attacking ball boys for no reason? This ball boy did EXACTLY the right thing. Not at all like the Premier League example from a while back where the ball boy was delaying the game. The Chivas player had no right to the ball. He was the one delaying the game, ironically.


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