RSL’s Beckerman receives additional suspension

Official release from MLS

Official release from MLS

The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee today announced an additional two-game suspension and $1,000 fine to Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman for his violent conduct in the 11th minute of the game against the Chicago Fire on Sept. 28, 2011.

Beckerman received a red card for head butting Chicago’s Daniel Paladini.

The Disciplinary Committee determined that Beckerman’s actions were completely outside the scope of the game and demonstrated utter disregard for the safety of his opponent.

The MLS Players Union appealed the Committee’s decision on behalf of Beckerman. MLS Commissioner Don Garber heard the appeal Oct. 4 and yesterday he elected to uphold the Committee’s decision.

Beckerman will be suspended for a total of three games and fined a total of $1,250, including the automatic one-game suspension and $250 fine for receiving a red card. Beckerman sat out the automatic one-game suspension last weekend at Los Angeles and will serve his additional two games during the next games for which he is eligible:

1) Saturday, October 1, 2011 versus LA Galaxy (already served)
2) Friday, October 14, 2011 at Colorado Rapids
3) Saturday, October 22, 2011 versus Portland Timbers

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