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Blanco Fined by MLS

Yesterday, the U.S. Soccer Federation took action against Chicago's Cuauhtemoc Blanco for his behavior during a U.S. Open Cup match against D.C. United on July 8 at Maryland SoccerPlex.

Today, it was MLS's turn. Sort of.

The league announced that Blanco has been fined $7,500 for "behavior detrimental to the public image and reputation of the league."

Said The Commish Don Garber: "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."

Blanco is due to earn $2.7 million this year. The fine is 0.0027 0.27 percent (or 1/360th) of his income. Essentially, one day's pay.

The game was not televised, but United provided video taken on the sideline of Blanco allegedly headbutting an operations official after the Mexican star was red-carded. I continue to use the word "allegedly" because, unless the film is made public, we will not know for sure what occurred. Several eyewitnesses contended Blanco tried to headbutt the official, who has not granted any media interviews; the Fire says it was accidental contact and Blanco issued a vague apology.

However, the severity of the USSF's sanctions (an Open Cup ban for at least two years) and the fact that MLS decided to address an incident that took place in a nonleague setting are clear indications that Blanco was out of line.

The league also increased Columbus forward Steven Lenhart's suspension to two games for elbowing Colorado's Facundo Erpen in the face last weekend. Lenhart received a red card.

The video is available by clicking here.

By Steve Goff  |  July 31, 2008; 4:46 PM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Comments

Whoa. $7,500! That's showing him MLS. Take a serious stand!

What a joke.

Posted by: TG | July 31, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Should've been more of a penalty, but at least they addressed it and we can move on.

Blanco is still a no-neck whining crybaby.

Vamos United!

Posted by: Smitty | July 31, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

That's a fairly huge fine by MLS standards, but it looks a bit meager for someone trousering several million quid...

Posted by: JkR | July 31, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

wah wah wah, blow it even more out of proportion goff. sure he's an mls player but it didn't happen in MLS play, you wouldn't care if it had occured against a USL team... NEXT

Posted by: MarkVA | July 31, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Let me guess....you won't see any mention of this on MLSnet?

Posted by: BK | July 31, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

wah wah wah, blow it even more out of proportion goff.

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just stating the facts, genius.

Posted by: Goff | July 31, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I am confused at how anything in that posting was "blowing it out of proportion"?
Goff could have called Blanco a tantrum-throwing little baby (which isn't blowing it out of proportion either) but he didn't. Maybe you need a beer or something.

Posted by: Rocko | July 31, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe you need a beer or something."

Who, me? Uh, ok, sounds good, I'll take your advice.

Posted by: Modibo | July 31, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

They shouldve beanned that mexican from playing for the rest of the season we dont need his kind here go back home Blanco!!!

Posted by: DC4LIFE08 | July 31, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

"Blanco is due to earn $2.7 million this year. The fine is 0.0027 percent of his income."

Yeah, but that's before taxes! ...

Posted by: maw | July 31, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Blanco's behavior is really gonna change based on this... a ban from a tourney he doesn't care about and a trival fine for someone making his salary.

It's actually more then I expected, but the only thing that is going to have an effect on his behavior is a match ban, and clearly MLS doesn't want to do that to one of their moneymakers. I just hope that he doesn't do something equally stupid in a league game to embarrass the league.

Posted by: Wyrm2 | July 31, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

......we dont need his kind here go back home Blanco!!!

Posted by: DC4LIFE08 | July 31, 2008 5:29 PM

Aren't you a DC United fan? You actually do need my kind. You know the kind that can play soccer well. Pbbbbbbbtttttt!

(I learned English!!!!!!!!!!)


Posted by: Temoc | July 31, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

New York, NY (Reuters) -- Major League Soccer announced today it will add four new developmental player slots to each team, starting immediately.

The new positions will be funded by a windfall grant of $7,500 anonymously donated by an MLS player.

"This unexpected income is crucial to expanding the player pool of each of our league teams," said MLS spokeswoman Sue Meagain.

Posted by: Joe Doc | July 31, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

That is a non-punishment of the first order. It'll cost Blanco more in time to ask his money handler to write that check....

Posted by: 22206 | July 31, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Darn. That's just one less suit that I can buy.

I rule MLS.

Boo-Yah.

Posted by: C. Blanco | July 31, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I could be wrong but I would assume that MLS has to have a fairly consistent punishment system for all players and that imposing enormous fines on someone like Blanco would set a standard that most normal players (especially those making $35,000 a year) could never match.

So, I think it's great that MLS took action and totally understand why they couldn't impose NFL or NBA level fines.

Posted by: ColHeights1 | July 31, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

can the Blanco backers and MLS get over the "butts in the seats" factor and admit that this guy does not really help this league. He brings as crying diver who spends more time worrying refs than he does using his skills. I can't stand the guy but he has talent. It is a shame he wastes it.

Posted by: shawn12011 | July 31, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

What? The fine football player who is the only role model for the rest of the world (many years)allegedly headbutted a DC United official so therefor MLS and USSF fined him and the reputable soccer journelist has reported the incidence? Do you live in a dream?

Posted by: hotdog | July 31, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Wait, wait. Is $7,500 more or less than xxxxxx?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | July 31, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

MLS did not need to address this issue at all. That they did, and they exacted a punishment based on it, tells us that the video must've been pretty explicit.

Posted by: Seth|NYC | July 31, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

wah wah wah, blow it even more out of proportion goff. sure he's an mls player but it didn't happen in MLS play, you wouldn't care if it had occured against a USL team... NEXT

Posted by: MarkVA | July 31, 2008 5:07 PM

Dude, How old are you? I sort of remember jr high, too. Goff is just giving the scoop as is his job. The rest of us add the comentary.

Bottom line - as great a player as Blanco is, he sets a bad example. The good thing is that I've never heard any of the my kids say they want to be like Blanco when they grow up. Let's all work to keep it that way!

Posted by: MezzSouthGol | July 31, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Any chance we get to see that video? The Fire haven't even seen the video. How do you appeal something without having a look at the evidence?

As to all the Blanco haters. Yes the guy goes down a lot and complains to refs about the lack of calls, but so do all World Football players when they first get to the MLS. They are simply not used to the amount of hacking that the refs let go on. And a big part of Blanco's game is INVITING the contanct in the same way a basketball player draws a foul. He puts the ball within the defenders grasp and takes it away at the last second. What should be a foul everytime, is instead Blanco getting kicked in the shin until he falls over, forcing a call. If the MLS called the games the way they do in the rest of the world, there would be far less complaining from EVERYONE on the field.

Posted by: Fumar | July 31, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Math would be a good thing for you to learn.
7500/2,700,000 equals 0.0027.
That means the mine is actually 0.27% of his income rather than .0027%. Big difference.

Posted by: Drew | July 31, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Good point, Drew. Though I appreciate Goff's efforts to put the fine into perspective.

Also wanted to add that if the game had been played in ultra conservative Prince William County Virginia, instead of liberal Mo.Co. Maryland, Blanco would have been asked by the cop to show proof of legal residency. If he couldn't (and I doubt he had his papers on him at the time) he could have been detained for processing by "ICE".

OK. I know it wouldn't have played out that way, even in VA, but I just hate the way that county treats non-whites.

Posted by: Amanda | July 31, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what the over/under in years will be when DC United fans will actually let this go?

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | July 31, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow! That's pretty much a free pass by MLS to act like a donkey. He deserves a multi-game ban at the very least since he is representing MLS in any game that he plays whether it is Open Cup, Champions League or Superliga.

Posted by: toddinho | July 31, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

He doesn't help the league? Are you high?

Posted by: JkR | July 31, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Given that MLS and USSF (US Open Cup) have ruled on Blanco does anybody think MLS players will be disciplined for any SuperLiga infractions? How about Mexican players?

Posted by: tsingletonvt | July 31, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

So basically that means one of our lower paid boys could go out and beat the crap out of Blanco and expect to get fined $81. About $30k/year times .27%. Man, I'd do it for FREE! Let me at that big fat glop of doo.

Simms Rules!

Posted by: Coon Dog | July 31, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

is actually 0.27% of his income rather than .0027%

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Thanks! Thread fixed with another stat added.

Posted by: Goff | July 31, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I write this without reading any comments: It's nice to see a fine a little more painful in the pocket book, MLS's fine Rates are at times ridiculously low. I know it's not a whole lot for "The Mexican David Beckham", but I bet Blanco is scoffing at it a little less than you think.
7,500 bucks buys a hell of a lot of Burritos in the Cold winter in Chicago. Oh shoot, I almost forgot that Chicago DIDN'T Qualify for Champions League.!? Well I 'm sure Blanco will be able to live like a fat pig when he's wintering back down in Mexico:)
It sends a fair message to everyone in MLS that you can't really get away with pathetic cowardly violence.
I love fights as much as the next guy, but I'm not watching soccer for that. I look for my violence on VS. You know, like Cadel Evans smacking reporters getting too close to his brittle collar bone with his stuffed Lion...?
This is a step in the opposite direction of a caged in "popular", piss bags, and water cannons. I think that's the direction we should be stepping.
Thanks for all the Great Updates Goff, you are the man!
And UHHHHHhhhh Vamos United!

Posted by: Dadryan | July 31, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

that's all?? 25k would send a REAL message that his behavior was typical of person of his caliber...or wait I meant a player that acts like that...

Posted by: bobf | July 31, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

The Fire haven't even seen the video. How do you appeal something without having a look at the evidence?

Posted by: Fumar | July 31, 2008 6:27 PM

I agree with the general drift of your point about the effect of the bizarre referees in MLS. I can sympathize with a player like Blanco on that.

As far as the video, how do we know the Fire haven't seen it? How do we know Blanco hasn't seen it?


I wonder what the over/under in years will be when DC United fans will actually let this go?

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | July 31, 2008 7:21 PM

I think I'm letting it go. Blanco acted like a punk, and now his hand has been slapped. Let's move on. He's usually an impressive player and I'd rather see the Fire eliminated from MLS Cup with him in the lineup!

Until the federation and league acted, I don't think it was unreasonable to not "let this go."

When will Blanco worshippers let it go that some of us can appreciate the player and not the man?

Posted by: Rob | July 31, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Sonicdeathmonkey:

Last time I checked, fans tend to remember when someone punches one of their players. They tend to remember even more when he's a star player. If Jaime Moreno punched Logan Pause, I wouldn't expect Chicago fans to never speak of it again once a punishment was handed out.

The fine is about what I expected. That doesn't mean I don't despise Blanco now more than ever. He's scum. I can think of few players in the world that are less likable in terms of personality and lack of sportsmanship. To paraphrase noted hater Silky Johnston, I hope all the bad things in life happen to him and nobody else. You'll note that I'm not demanding he get a more harsh punishment; a 6 (or more) match ban from the competition it happened in, plus a heavy-for-MLS fine...that's about as harsh as I could have expected.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | July 31, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

"As far as the video, how do we know the Fire haven't seen it? How do we know Blanco hasn't seen it?"

Fumar knows everything about the Fire because where there's smoke there's fire.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | July 31, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Also wanted to add that if the game had been played in ultra conservative Prince William County Virginia, instead of liberal Mo.Co. Maryland, Blanco would have been asked by the cop to show proof of legal residency. If he couldn't (and I doubt he had his papers on him at the time) he could have been detained for processing by "ICE".

OK. I know it wouldn't have played out that way, even in VA, but I just hate the way that county treats non-whites.

Posted by: Amanda | July 31, 2008 6:57 PM
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That's the most ignorant, homophobic statement I've read in some time.

Posted by: Joe Doc | July 31, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Off Topic: Those X games announcers sure make the FSC guys sound great.
I'd love it if we could get someone to call a soccer game in a grizzly growl for a full 90 minutes!

Posted by: Dadryan | July 31, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Danny Way's slam wasn't any where near as gnarly as Jake Brown's last year but his balls afterward was sick!
Here Comes the MOto!

Posted by: Dadryan | July 31, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

"Blanco is due to earn $2.7 million this year. The fine is 0.0027 percent of his income."

Yeah, but that's before taxes! ...

Posted by: maw | July 31, 2008 5:32 PM

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You mean before he deducts the $7,500 as a business expense? Assume a combine federal and state income tax rate of 33% and that $7,500 fine costs Blanco $5,000 cash out of pocket.

Posted by: Curious | July 31, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Guys, as I'm sure you all know, there is a bargaining agreement in place between the league(management) and the players(workforce). As such, there are undoubtedly limits to the level of fine that may be imposed on a player, regardless of the infraction or the palyers respective salary.
All in all, I think the situation was handled fairly well by both USSF and MLS.
If you take away your team rooting interests, I think most of you can see this also. That said, however, I doubt most will.

Posted by: marksman | July 31, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Strange coincidence, the prize money for MLS teams for the Superliga just got upped to $157,500. Wonder how that happened?

Posted by: AM | July 31, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Well, that would explain those coaches trying to scratch out Albright's eye's last night... Like I said 7,500 bucks buys hella burritos during a cold winter, and it looks like Atlante is gonna need it more than Chicago.

Posted by: Dadryan | July 31, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

So how exactly is the MLS/USSF refusing to release this tape different from the widely criticized act of the NFL destroying the Patriots' first tapes???

Will the soccer media stand up against hiding/destroying evidence as most of the NFL media eventually did???

Posted by: Lloyd Heilbrunn | July 31, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

"That's the most ignorant, homophobic statement I've read in some time.

Posted by: Joe Doc | July 31, 2008 10:17 PM"

wait, how is this homophobic?

Posted by: northzax | July 31, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

"THIS COUNTRY IS A DANGEROUS COUNTRY"

Posted by: Vilar | July 31, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Chest, I just don't recall all the cries for justice from United fans when a certain thug broke Ronnie O'Briens leg.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | August 1, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

And Chest, even tho I differ with you on this, I have to give you props for mentioning a Chappelle classic!! Best skit ever.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | August 1, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

I'm ok with it. Glad to see MLS is doing SOMETHING, rather than just sweeping it under the rug. Two years suspension from Open Cup and $7500 is more of a statement against his behavior than a punishment to Blanco.

But as someone else said, for MLS, 7500 is actually pretty high. Imagine if it had been Burch who had punched somebody instead. $7500 is roughly 20% of HIS salary.

Posted by: DCUMD | August 1, 2008 6:07 AM | Report abuse

OK. I know it wouldn't have played out that way, even in VA, but I just hate the way that county treats non-whites.

Posted by: Amanda | July 31, 2008 6:57 PM
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Amanda, what does this have to do with soccer? Wouldn't this maybebe more appropriate in a local politics blog?
Especially for a hypothetical that you "know wouldn't play itself out that way?"

Posted by: yankiboy | August 1, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse

They shouldve beanned that mexican from playing for the rest of the season we dont need his kind here go back home Blanco!!!

Posted by: DC4LIFE08 | July 31, 2008 5:29 PM
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Bro, what is up with the provocative rhetoric?

Seriously. Haven't we been down this road before? Calling out his nationality and following it up with "his kind" is just inviting opening up the pandora's box.

Is that the goal?

Posted by: yankiboy | August 1, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

MLS could have made him sit for a game. Wouldn't have cost Blanco squat. If MLS has the authority to fine him for activities in a non-league game, they also have the authority to make him sit.

That would have sent the message that the league won't tolerate his behavior. Fining him a day's pay sends the opposite message, that the league doesn't take his actions seriously.

Posted by: David | August 1, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

MLS should give Blanco's money to Gallardo as a reward for elbowing Landycakes in the nose.

Posted by: Richie Williams | August 1, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I don't know, given we've already had one blatantly racist comment in this thread, I don't have a problem with Amanda making fun of and calling out racism.

Posted by: human | August 1, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I would have rather seen a 2-3 game suspension and no fine. Hitting someone for less than one percent of their salary is not even a slap on the wrist for what he did.

Lenhart gets his suspension extended to two games for an elbow that did not even hit its mark, but Blanco can eye gouge, headbutt people and act like a jerk and he basically got nothing. I know it was not an official MLS game, but he still was playing for an MLS team. I bet if Rico's kick to Ruiz happened in an open cup game he still would have been suspended.

Posted by: GLD134 | August 1, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Steve:

The CBA document on line does not address the maximum fine level, but it talks about a Player Handbook which might. Do you have access to a Player Handbook to see if that might cap things at $7,500?

Posted by: Brian | August 1, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Hey, everybody know about Blanco's attitude,but he's THE BEST.

Posted by: The Mexican | August 1, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

The Best? You keep believing that Pancho, I can name ten mexican players that are better than him.

Posted by: DirtyHarry | August 1, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

im glad he got fined. he deserved it.

Posted by: eeeee | August 6, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

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