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Real Salt Lake's Javier Morales wheeled off field with broken ankle

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  • COUGARNATE Lyman, WY
    May 7, 2011 9:59 p.m.

    This stuff has to change!!! The league is turning bush league. Some of these players are fouling with inexcusable techniques. Make these guys pay for this stuff!!!

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    May 8, 2011 10:18 a.m.

    Deseret News:

    For the sake of all of us, round up all those pictures of Javi's foot pointed backwards and burn them. Congratulations to your photographers for getting such wonderfully graphic pictures, but remember that just because you took a photo doesn't mean you have to show it.

  • myself Salt Lake City, UT
    May 8, 2011 12:29 p.m.

    Yeah I'm not looking at the pictures of Morales. Seeing his foot completely backwards in the stands yesterday was enough.

    Cougarnate is right the league needs to issue suspensions for tackles like that. It wasn't as bad as Brian Mullans against Zakuani but a 5-7 game suspension would be about right IMO.

  • bluemoon1977 Provo, Utah
    May 8, 2011 12:29 p.m.

    It was interesting to hear the MLS announcers during the Galaxy/Red Bulls match. They thought the tackle on Morales was clearly malicious and vicious. They saw no reason the player shouldn't be suspended at least as long as Mullan. The Leathers thing is a total mystery. If the league does not crack down on this kind of violence, the league itself will die. The league needs its best teams to have their stars on the field.

    It's starting to look like the NHL, which is a thug league.

    The league must crack down. There must be fan outrage.

  • matt4226 Holladay, UT
    May 8, 2011 12:41 p.m.

    During half-time of the LA/NY game last night Alexi Lalas said he thought it was a worse challenge than Mullan's. I'm not sure about that. For me the main difference between the two tackles was that Mullan was retaliating for not getting a call when he thought he was fouled moments earlier.

    Both challenges were reckless and both challenges must be dealt with in a manner which says this type of play will not be tolerated. Mullan was suspended for a total of 10 games and was fined $5k. I think we overlook the fine because we are so used to professional athletes paying fines in other major leagues. But, remember that the average soccer player in MLS makes less than $100k a year so a $5k fine is a huge hit to him financially.

    I'm sure Mondaini didn't mean to hurt his fellow Argentine and must feel horrible for what he did, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't be punished. I say he should get the same punishment as Mullan.