NEW YORK – The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee on Friday fined D.C. United forward Charlie Davies $1,000 for putting the game into disrepute in the 83rd minute of the match against Real Salt Lake on June 18.
“The MLS Disciplinary Committee ruled that Charlie Davies intentionally deceived the officials and gained an unfair advantage which directly impacted the match,” MLS Executive Vice President Nelson Rodriguez said. “This type of behavior tarnishes the image of the League, is detrimental to the game and will not be tolerated.”
Prior to this season, MLS players and coaches expressed to the League office that they wanted to see a decrease in diving, embellishment and other simulation intended to deceive the officials. This information was included in MLS’ points of emphasis and reviewed with all clubs during preseason.
“Moving forward, all instances of behavior that serves to deceive and that directly impact the game will be subject to severe discipline, including a fine, suspension or both,” Rodriguez added.
Fines collected are donated to MLS W.O.R.K.S., Major League Soccer's community outreach initiative dedicated to addressing important social issues affecting young people and serves as a platform for both League and club philanthropic programs. MLS W.O.R.K.S. seeks to establish Major League Soccer as a leader for improving the lives of people through sport.