Tyrone Marshall Suspended 3 Games

Tyrone Marshall Suspended 3 Games

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 13, 2007
  • 2 Comments

The headline pretty much speaks for itself. I won’t post the whole press release but just the main parts. Below is also a clip of the foul.  You can see again that Marshall went in very recklessly with no real attempt to get the ball. Believe me, I was a defender for many years and that kind of slide tackle is a very dirty one. But you all can be the judge of that as well.

Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee Suspends, Fines Marshall and Ferruzzi

NEW YORK (June 13, 2007) – The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee announced today that Toronto FC defender Tyrone Marshall will be suspended three games and fined $1,500 for serious foul play in a game on June 9. Also, FC Dallas assistant coach Marco Ferruzzi received the standard, mandatory one game and $500 fine that applies when a coach or staff member is dismissed from the sideline. Ferruzzi was dismissed by referee Jair Marrufo in the 90th minute of the same game.

Marshall, then playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy, received a red card for a tackle on FC Dallas forward Kenny Cooper in the 89th minute. The red card carries a mandatory one-game suspension and $250 fine, but the MLS Disciplinary Committee decided unanimously to further sanction Marshall’s action, adding two additional games of suspension and an additional fine of $1,250. Cooper’s leg was broken on the play.

The Galaxy traded Marshall to Toronto FC earlier on Wednesday in exchange for forward Edson Buddle. Marshall will serve his suspension as a member of Toronto FC, and will not be available to play when FC Dallas visits Toronto on Sunday, June 17 (12 pm CT).

Marshall and the MLS Players Union can appeal the suspension and the fine within the next two days. But in all honesty I really hope an appeal doesn’t take place and he just owns up to the dirty play.

What do you think? Justifiable number on the suspension? Too much or too little?

Click here for the video of the foul.

  • Jeff Bull

    What the hell? I'll bite.<br />
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    I'm uncomfortable with a disciplinary actions being based on the event of injury, something the press release specifically mentions as justification. Tricky as it is to figure, I think malicious intent should be the defining factor in suspensions. And, having watched the video a couple times now, it seemed Marshall's primary intention was committing a professional foul; the injury resulted from Cooper's god-awful landing. That's not to blame Cooper by any means: the man was going full-speed when he was tripped and physical control isn't much in those circumstances. But looking at the way Marshall tackled him, I don't think it's fair to say he <i>intended</i> to injure Cooper.<br />
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    Oddly, that's a secondary argument to me in this case. What I took issue with in Marshall's decision was the score and the essentially sleazy decision to commit said professional foul under the circumstances. In other words, I believe the fine and suspension to be justified, but not on the basis of the injury. If you want to head down that road, hell, why not suspend Marshall till Cooper comes back?

  • What the hell? I’ll bite.

    I’m uncomfortable with a disciplinary actions being based on the event of injury, something the press release specifically mentions as justification. Tricky as it is to figure, I think malicious intent should be the defining factor in suspensions. And, having watched the video a couple times now, it seemed Marshall’s primary intention was committing a professional foul; the injury resulted from Cooper’s god-awful landing. That’s not to blame Cooper by any means: the man was going full-speed when he was tripped and physical control isn’t much in those circumstances. But looking at the way Marshall tackled him, I don’t think it’s fair to say he intended to injure Cooper.

    Oddly, that’s a secondary argument to me in this case. What I took issue with in Marshall’s decision was the score and the essentially sleazy decision to commit said professional foul under the circumstances. In other words, I believe the fine and suspension to be justified, but not on the basis of the injury. If you want to head down that road, hell, why not suspend Marshall till Cooper comes back?