Obafemi Martins is unlikely to suit up for the Seattle Sounders before July 5 after head coach Sigi Schmid revealed that the team won't be appealing the striker's red card from last week's game against the Chicago Fire. Schmid explained that the decision to give Martins some time off during the World Cup had been determined prior to the Fire game and that there was nothing from the game film that would lead to a successful appeal of the red card.
"We considered appealing, but it was a situation where even the panoramic camera when you zoomed in it wasn't a clear enough figure," Schmid told reporters on Saturday. "It was one of those things where you're not innocent until proven guilty, you're guilty until proven innocent. We really couldn't prove innocence off that camera. It was a judgemental thing from the officials. You can make an assumption that they really didn't see it. But we can't make the same mistake."
As Schmid alluded to, losing a red card appeal has ramifications. At the start of the year, each team posts a $25,000 bond to the MLS league office and is essentially allowed to make one unsuccessful appeal. If the appeal is successful, the team will retain its number of allotted appeals. But if the appeal fails, the team would only be allowed one more unsuccessful appeal before they can no longer appeal. Even more problematic is if the appeal is deemed frivolous, the team loses their bond, are no longer allowed any appeals and an extra game will be added to the player's suspension.