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Raúl Ruidíaz won’t be suspended for Galaxy match

There had been some concern the MLS Disciplinary Committee would rule that he head-butted Rito Ziegler.

Raúl Ruidíaz will not be suspended for Saturday’s showdown with the LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer confirmed on Thursday. There had been some concern that the MLS Disciplinary Committee would take action against the forward due to his involvement in the exchange that ultimately led to Rito Ziegler being red carded near the end of Sunday’s 2-1 win over FC Dallas.

“It’s all done and dusted, he’s available to play,” Schmetzer said. “I’m happy with the composure of the team at the end and we’re moving forward.”

Replays seemed to show that Ruidíaz threw back his head into Ziegler, who then struck Ruidíaz twice and was summarily sent off.

While there’s a reasonable debate about whether or not Ruidíaz deserved a red card, the chances of the MLS Disciplinary Committee taking any action were always pretty small.

Here’s the relevant section in the league’s guidelines:

Essentially, the disciplinary committee would have needed to decide that the rules were improperly applied or that Ruidíaz’s actions rose to the level of warranting a two-game suspension. Considering it could be argued that Ruidíaz was plausibly just trying to make space and wasn’t trying to be violent, a two-game ban would have been especially harsh especially given past decisions by the committee.

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