MLS Fined Blanco For Open Cup Incident

MLS Fined Blanco For Open Cup Incident

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 31, 2008
  • 6 Comments
  • Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Fines, Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

Getty ImagesAs we all know, yesterday the USSF suspended Chicago Fire midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco for his behavior during a U.S. Open Cup match against D.C. United on July 8.

Today the league took it’s turn, as they fined the DP midfielder.

The cost to Blanco’s fat wallet, a mere $7,500. Yeah. A freakin’ joke if you ask me.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber was asked about the fine and he had this to say:

“Whenever MLS players participate in any competition or friendly match, they represent their club and the League and must conduct themselves in a professional manner on and off the field of play. We expect a very high standard of behavior from our players and we will hold them accountable for their actions.”

The league at least did something. It won’t please a lot of people but they at least said if you act up outside of league play while you are under contract with us we will still punish you no matter what. I think the fine amount is a joke though because in any other sport the fined would have been much larger and would have matched the suspension. I don’t think $7,500 matches a six game suspension.

I may be the only one who feels that way but it seems low for the actions he did that night. What do you all think of this fined? Too much, too little, just right? Let’s hear it.

  • Scott

    It may not seem like much of a fine for Blanco, but consider future implications. If the precedent of a massive fine of even $50,000 is set, it should be applied to other players in the future. Most of the players in the league would be devastated by that large of a fine. For that matter, there are quite a few players for whom $7,500 could force them to make a few trips to the pawn shop.

  • Drew Epperley

    Valid point Scott, valid point.

  • Scott

    It may not seem like much of a fine for Blanco, but consider future implications. If the precedent of a massive fine of even $50,000 is set, it should be applied to other players in the future. Most of the players in the league would be devastated by that large of a fine. For that matter, there are quite a few players for whom $7,500 could force them to make a few trips to the pawn shop.

  • Valid point Scott, valid point.

  • Cannon Girl

    Sad but true.

  • Cannon Girl

    Sad but true.