"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
'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)