BREAKING: Blanco suspended for 2 yrs from US Open Cup

30 07 2008

The US Soccer Federation adjudication and discipline panel has ruled that the Chicago Fire’s DP and leading man, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, has been banned for 2 years from US Open Cup play as punishment for his conduct at the July 8 quarterfinal game. More details below…

You’ll recall that Blanco was red-carded for getting into a fight with a DC United player and then, after not leaving the field in a timely manner, he headbutted an operations official.

Steven Goff over at WaPo is among those breaking the story and explains how the suspension could even last longer than 2 years. Blanco’s Punishment Is…..: “The red card carried an automatic one-game suspension, which will be applied next summer because Chicago was eliminated by United. He cannot play in 2009 or 2010, and longer if the Fire competes in fewer than six games during those two years.

It is unclear whether MLS will also sanction Blanco. Although the incident took place outside of the league’s normal jurisdiction — the USSF runs the Open Cup, not MLS — the Mexican midfielder-forward is an employee of the league and could be disciplined for his behavior while representing the club.”

(Via Soccer Insider – WaPo.)

(Photo: AP)

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15 09 2008
jason espinoza

that is wack chicago fire needs Cuauhtemoc Blanco no man better than him

23 11 2008
SOCCERWATCH « jockr

[…] washed-up, capable of the occasional backheel and thus better than the rest of the league—think Cuauhtémoc Blanco of the Chicago Fire).  This does not, in general, provide for enjoyable […]

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