MLS disciplinary committee screws Whitecaps yet again

June 18, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2013 | 4 Comments

The Major League Soccer disciplinary committee has done its best to undermine the Vancouver Whitecaps again with another silly one match suspension. Kekuta Manneh has been suspended for one match for grazing New England’s keeper Shuttleworth’s right ear with his cleat when chasing a ball down in front of new England’s goal.

The verdict of the committee was as follows:

“The Committee unanimously considered the challenge to be an unequivocal red card offense that endangered the safety of his opponent”.

This is a complete fabrication and a totally inaccurate assessment. Manneh ran after the ball as he was entitled to and tried to jump over Shuttleworth. Everyone in the stadium could see that Shuttleworth embellished his injury in an attempt to get Manneh sent off. Manneh took responsibility right away and did not hit the keeper in anger, but by accident.

Free number 23!

Free number 23!

Shuttleworth was booed for the rest of the match for a reason; He faked a serious injury where none occurred. There was no blood and no concussion. The ref gave Manneh a yellow card to cool the situation down, if anything.

No one fell for Shuttleworth’s deception except the dimwits on the MLS disciplinary committee.

I was looking forward to seeing Manneh play against Chivas USA tomorrow night, but the members of the disciplinary committee decided to be the stars of the match instead.

Frankly, these guys do not know what they are doing and to say they are a kangaroo court is being too kind by far.



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  1. Hear! Hear! The management of officiating and the on-field officials are one of the greatest obstacles to the MLS achieving their self-avowed aim of being one of the top leagues in the world.

    • Thev average mls ref makes if I recall 18,000 a season (four fifa cert refs in ussf make 50k). This is less than what a cfl linesman makes. NHL and MLB umpire make 150k…only when the mls pays a professional wage will they get professionsls.

  2. Boo! Garber out!

  3. MLS seems to have a fetish for looking at things retroactively.

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