NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Soccer’s disciplinary committee has suspended Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio one game for a late flop against San Jose and fined Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch $500 for making an obscene gesture.
The league announced the disciplinary actions Friday in connection with the July 23 game between the two teams.
The committee says Saborio fell in a deliberate attempt to deceive officials and gain an unfair advantage in the 61st minute. The subsequent foul and penalty kick goal directly impacted San Jose’s next match because defender Bobby Burling was issued a red card on the play.
Saborio will serve his suspension Saturday against Columbus. He also was fined $1,000.
The MLS Players Union appealed on Saborio’s behalf but MLS Commissioner Don Garber upheld the decision.