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Gonzalez fined for embellishment
April 15th, 2014 5:18PM
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TAGS:  columbus crew, mls, san jose earthquakes


[MLS DISCIPLINE] Costa Rican international Giancarlo Gonzalez has emerged as one of the imports in the early going of the 2014 season, but the Columbus Crew defender earned the wrath of San Jose fans for faking being injured by Quakes captain captain Chris Wondolowski in Sunday's 1-1. His embellishment was dealt with by the MLS Disciplinary Committee.

Video: Gonzalez Embellishment

Gonzalez was fined an undisclosed for his reaction. The Costa Rican knocked down Wondo at the edge of the area. No foul was called, and after Wondo got back to his feet he lashed out at Gonzalez, who used the contact as an excuse to go down in a heap.

The Disciplinary Committee deemed it "embellishment in an attempt to deceive the referee."

  1. haendel lazo
    commented on: April 15, 2014 at 5:51 p.m.
    give him at least 3 games suspension without pay plus the fine, this is soccer not acting.
  1. cisco martinez
    commented on: April 15, 2014 at 6 p.m.
    Was a major cheap shot unfortunately a goos ref would have caught the first foul not the 2nd.
  1. Margaret Manning
    commented on: April 15, 2014 at 6:47 p.m.
    No suspension? I thought they wanted to make something change?? This was undeniably a ridiculous and cynical dive. Do they practice that?
  1. David Cymerman
    commented on: April 15, 2014 at 8:12 p.m.
    There must zero tolerance for this clownish conduct. We are still marketing this game in North America and this cheap circus act better stay in the country that he came from. What a neanderthal?!?!?
  1. Scott Olson
    commented on: April 16, 2014 at 10:35 a.m.
    Well it still strives in Christiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Sergio Ramos. If it can be so widely accepted in La Liga, then why the surprise that players that are brought in from other cultures will exhibit this behavior? Don't get me wrong, I agree with Haendel, this is Futbol not a soap opera. I also agree with Cisco, if they were using better refs, trained them better, or attacked the sentiment that they should be clamping down on these actors, then maybe the game would change.
  1. Scott Olson
    commented on: April 16, 2014 at 10:42 a.m.
    But let's be clear. USSF isn't doing any better a job training their referees, especially in the North Texas area. They only care about promoting the larger clubs that are in charge of bringing in the revenue, just like big name futbol, those are the people sitting on the league boards and winning all of the votes and the elections to make sure they are sitting on their thumbs when ruling opportunities come against any of the bigger leagues and ignoring discipline actions, and let's not even get started about the lack of action in controlling indoor facilities. Most of the facilities in the North Texas area have gone independent due to lack of support and action by the NTX board and Commissioner. Why should they make their players and patrons pay for cards that support NTX when they continually don't act on decisions to hold or retract cards or even process the decisions and penalties for the players receiving these cards on time. I mean really, players sitting out multiple weeks on weekly cards simply because the commissioners and directors aren't doing their jobs. Yet when someone runs against them they are voted back into their board positions, shocker. They dont care about futbols reputation or development in America, just control of their positions for their leagues clubs and brand name
  1. Andrea Hana
    commented on: April 16, 2014 at 1:57 p.m.
    I will preface this with the fact that I am not prejudice. I would have to agree with David Cymerman, that this sort of practice, which typically I see coming from South and Central American players coming to the US, should "stay in the country" of their origin. So, I ask, is this a cultural thing? This "filming" or "diving"? I don't see it much in European or North American players, but generally in Hispanic (except Spain) or Latino players. It must be cultural. However, in behalf of the imported players, I see that they "adjust" after some time playing in the U.S. Despite Wondo's cheap shot, the appropriate action has been taken and I hope that others coming in learn from Gonzalez' mistake.
  1. Andrea Hana
    commented on: April 16, 2014 at 2:06 p.m.
    Was Gonzalez foul on Wondo ever called? It should have been.

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