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League increases suspension, fines Boswell
by Ridge Mahoney, May 22nd, 2013 9:36PM

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[MLS DISCIPLINE] A vicious head-butt to New England forward Dimitry Imbongo has prompted the MLS Disciplinary Committee to suspend Houston defender Bobby Boswell an additional game and fine him an unspecified amount.

Boswell committed the foul, for which he was sent off, in the 39th minute of the Dynamo's loss to the Revs Saturday. The committee ruled the foul to be violent conduct that endangered the safety of his opponent. Imbongo was also sent off for throwing Boswell to the ground during the incident.

Boswell will serve a total suspension of two games -- this Sunday at Sporting Kansas City and June 1 at the Columbus Crew.



3 comments
  1. Brent Crossland
    commented on: May 23, 2013 at 7:38 a.m.
    A graphic example of what is wrong with MLS officiating. They added "a game"? Here's a thought. The sanction for assault . . . pardon me, violent conduct . . . should be a MINIMUM 3 game suspension. This action has nothing to do with playing the game and everything to do with "sending a message". So send the offender a message that this will not be tolerated.
  1. Ramon Creager
    commented on: May 23, 2013 at 1 p.m.
    Also, it doesn't appear that Imbongo's red card was warranted. It doesn't look like he did much of anything to Boswell and, considering the provocation, the sending-off seems harsh. It looks like a case of the ref covering all his bases, but the result is that the team that deserved to play a man down did not have to.
  1. Jon Mamula
    commented on: May 23, 2013 at 3:26 p.m.
    Agreed--yellow card at the most for Imbongo. To punish the Rev's does nothing to stop violent conduct DURING THE MATCH.

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