- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 5, 2007
- 2 Comments
As we all know by now Ricardo Clark received a hefty fine (10k) and a lengthy suspension for his kick to Carlos Ruiz in last Sunday’s contest between the Dynamo and the Hoops.
First off the suspension and the fine is justifiable to a degree. MLS Commissioner Don Garber is taking a page out of the NFL’s book on suspension and fines and I am alright with that. The crime fit the punishment because this is an action that the league doesn’t want to be known for in a country that already doesn’t accept soccer as much as we would all like. Simply put you can’t kick a man when he is down.
A lot of people are in rage right now over the fact that there has been no word on Ruiz’s actions. Many feel and video probably shows that Ruiz started the whole mess and should get more than the two games that he will get for the yellow card accumulation and the straight red card.
Listen, I know many of you out there hate Carlos Ruiz with a passion and I am fine with that and I don’t want to sound like a sad and pathetic Dallas apologist here but Ruiz shouldn’t get anymore than two more games from his current card suspension.
Seriously, some feel he should be out just as long as Clark for his dirty actions and that is fine, but the fact is this kind of stuff that he did happens all the time in the game and most of the time it never goes this far.
I was a defender in my soccer days and I know just how dirty some strikers can be but let me tell you defenders can be just as dirty. Players like Clark look clean but they probably do just as much pushing and punching as the dirty strikers do. In other words defenders know how to get away with it more while strikers know how to act better (point in case, Ruiz was holding his face when he was kicked in the shoulder).
You may or may not believe me and that is fine. The fact remains Clark got a justifiable suspension and Ruiz probably will too. Just give it time. If for some reason the MLS doesn’t come down on Ruiz I might be fine with that as well. Again, not because I am a Dallas fan or anything but because I know these sorts of things happen on every game. You’d be kidding yourself if you thought otherwise.