Brian Mullan Suspended 10 Games

Brian Mullan Suspended 10 Games

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 28, 2011
  • 3 Comments
  • Brian Mullan, Steve Zakuani

It should come to no surprise to many of you that saw the reckless tackle by Colorado Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan on Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Steve Zakuani last week. Today, Major League Soccer handed out it’s punishment that will see Mullan sidelined for 10 games.

The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee today suspended Colorado Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan for his tackle on Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Steve Zakuani in the 3rd minute of the game on Friday, April 22. Mullan received a red card for the challenge, which resulted in the breaking of Zakuani’s right tibia and fibula.

The Disciplinary Committee determined that Mullan’s challenge was reckless, egregious, and showed utter disregard for the safety of his opponent. Mullan will be suspended for a total of 10 games and fined a total of $5,000, including the automatic one-game suspension and $250 fine for receiving a red card.

No doubt the tackle was reckless. It will be interesting to see if Mullan appeals the suspension or if he just let’s it go. As shaken up as some reports claim he is, I wouldn’t be shocked to hear him not appeal this. For the most part Mullan was a good, clean player that just got caught in the moment and wasn’t thinking clearly after not getting a call go his way. Hey, as a former player, it happens unfortunately.

What did you make of the 10-game suspension? Fair? Too much? Let’s hear it.

  • Kevinosborne_99

    Very reckless play, I’m sure he did not want to injure the opposing player but losing one’s head and doing so must carry some penalty.

  • Too little – he should be out for the season.

    • Mkj

      Just because there was an unfortunate consequence doesn’t mean he should be out for the season. Yes it was a reckless tackle and he should be suspended. But what about all the reckless tackles that don’t end up with such a bad injury? They go unnoticed. Things happen in soccer, and unfortunately it is just a part of the game.