Tim Melia should have been given a red card against Seattle Sounders FC. (Photo courtesy of MLS)
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia for one match and issued and undisclosed fine for violent conduct, it was announced Wednesday morning.
Melia, who grew up in East Islip, N.Y., was suspended for Wednesday’s match against the LA Galaxy following his actions in the 56th minute of SKC’s game against Seattle Sounders FC Oct. 23 (VIDEO).
The play was reviewed under MLS Disciplinary Committee Parameter 3, where the match officials see an incident, and do not issue a red card. Under Parameter 3, the MLS Disciplinary Committee shall issue either a one-match suspension on incidents in which the Professional Referee Organization acknowledges an on-field Referee/Video Assistant Referee error and the Committee is unanimous at red card and one match or the MLS Disciplinary Committee shall issue a two or more match suspension on incidents in which discipline warrants at least a two-match suspension.
The incident in question must be, in the unanimous opinion of the committee from all available evidence: a clear and unequivocal red card; and egregious or repeat behavior in nature, and/or such that the MLS Disciplinary Committee must act to protect player safety or the integrity of the game; and/or clear and obvious simulation/embellishment.