LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham has been fined about $250 (£150) and banned for one match following his red card on the weekend. The England international was handed a straight red for his tackle on Seattle Sounders midfielder Peter Vagenas in the 17th minute of the clash that ended 2-0 to Seattle.

Beckham said he meant no harm with his challenge and believed the decision to be sent off was a slightly harsh.

"Pete is one of my best friends," he told the club's official website.

"I think it's a hard tackle but not with means for a red card.

"I've never gone in one tackle wanting to hurt someone. The referee saw it differently."