Alvaro Fernandez Begging For A Card - Photo Courtesy JaneGPhotography
Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee and overall leadership was kept busy this week thanks to the Houston Dynamo at Seattle Sounders match. The more famous Colin Clark anti-gay slur incident earned him a three game suspension, but there is more fallout from the game now. After post match review Adam Moffat is suspended for his next match and fined due to "a reckless challenge which endangered the safety of his opponent" (Osvaldo Alonso).
In what seems also appropriate the league will also be fining Alvaro Fernandez for embellishment. Fernandez was given a yellow card or dissent shortly after the event in which his hands went to his face after a blow to his chest. While this was not a pure "dive" it was clearly an attempt to influence the referee to give a punishment beyond the offense that took place. It is also the first fine for embellishment or diving from post-match review this year.
All fines from post match review or the standard fine for earning a Caution or Ejection go to the charity partners of MLS W.O.R.K.S and the MLS Players Union.