Seattle Sounders right back Tyrone Mears learned on Wednesday that he has been fined by the MLS Disciplinary Committee. He was fined for violating the league’s policy regarding hands to the face/head/neck of an opponent.
The incident took place in the eighth minute of the match against Real Salt Lake. After a foul had been called against Seattle, Salt Lake forward Joao Plata was seen talking to referee Baldomero Toledo and asking for a yellow card to be issued.
As this was going on, Mears walked up behind Plata and “slapped” him in the back of the head. In turn, Plata responded by “slapping” Mears in the face. Plata was issued a yellow card from Toledo for “dissent”.
In all honesty, both players could have seen red cards from Toledo for making contact to the face/head/neck area. Mears was lucky not to have received a one-game ban from MLS Disciplinary Committee.
Over the last few years, the league has been coming back and retroactively suspending players for matters such as these. This particular incident isn’t as egregious as others in the past, but Mears is fortunate to only be losing some money in his pocket and not missing the Sounders playoff game Thursday night.