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MLS disciplines coach, 5 players

Nov. 3, 2006 at 12:58 PM

NEW YORK, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Major League Soccer has disciplined five players and New England Revolution Coach Steve Nicol for incidents during the league's playoffs.

Nicol was fined $2,000 for publicly criticizing league officials following the one-game suspension of Revolution defender Sharlie Joseph. The coach told The Boston Globe that suspending Joseph for violent conduct was "a ridiculous call."

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FC Dallas goalkeeper Dario Sala was given the toughest penalty among players disciplined. He was suspended for six games and fined $3,500 for violent conduct in an Oct. 28 playoff game with Colorado. Rapids' player Mike Petke was fined $500 for the same incident, the league said.

Juan Pablo Garcia, of Chivas USA, was suspended two games and fined $2,000 for a serious foul on Houston's Brad Davis after the final whistle of the teams' game Oct. 29. Chivas' Claudio Suarez was fined $750 and Houston's Ricardo Clark $500 for "lack of respect for the game," MLS said in a release.

All suspensions will carry over to next season.

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