[MLS DISCIPLINE]An independent review panel rescinded the fine and one-game suspension for a red card issued to Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins in the 71st minute of Sunday’s game against Chivas USA. Martins will be eligible for Seattle’s home game Saturday against Vancouver with more than 50,000 fans expected to attend.
Martins got his legs tangled with Chivas USA's Gabriel Farfan and referee Ricardo Salazar immediately red carded the Nigerian though replays showed he did not nothing more than try to stand up when he stepped on Farfan after an otherwise innocuous challenge on a ball in midfield.
The red card was the fifth in five games to the Sounders in matches officiated by Ricardo Salazar.
Asked by the Seattle Times whether it was a good idea to not have MLS referees work games involving certain teams -- ie. the case of Salazar and the long-standing issues the Sounders have had with him -- Coach Sigi Schmid responded, "No comment really on that. I think the referees get assigned by the league and they determine whose game they’re going to referee. I try and stay out of that. I’ve got enough problems."