NEW YORK — The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee on Friday suspended Real Salt Lake forward Álvaro Saborío one game and fined him $1,000 for putting the game in disrepute in the 61st minute of his team’s game against the San Jose Earthquakes on July 23.
The Disciplinary Committee determined that Saborío fell in a deliberate attempt to deceive the officials and gain an unfair advantage. The subsequent foul and penalty kick goal had a direct impact on the match and will impact San Jose’s next match because San Jose defender Bobby Burling was issued a red card on the play.
Players were warned by League officials against this type of behavior prior to the start of the season and again following the discipline levied against Charlie Davies on June 24, 2011.
“As previously stated, all instances of obvious simulation and/or embellishment that directly impact the game will be subject to severe discipline, including fine, suspension or both,” MLS Executive Vice President Nelson Rodríguez said. “We will continue to impose sanctions, and even increase their level, if necessary, in an attempt to eliminate this type of behavior.”
The MLS Players Union appealed on Saborío’s behalf, but the Committee’s decision was upheld by MLS Commissioner Don Garber. Saborío will serve his suspension during Saturday’s game against the Columbus Crew.
The Disciplinary Committee also fined San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch $500 for making an obscene gesture during the game against Real Salt Lake on July 23.
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.