Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: 1990 World Cup, Brian Mullan, Colorado Rapids, FCM Bacau, Major League Soccer disciplinary committee, Marius Lacatus, Romanian soccer federation, Seattle Sounders, Steaua Bucharest, Steve Zakuani, Vasile Ardeleanu
Veteran Colorado Rapids defender Brian Mullan was suspended for 10 games and fined $5,000 by the Major Soccer League disciplinary committee for a brutal foul on Seattle Sounders’ Steve Zakuani three minutes into Seattle’s 1-0 victory over the defending league champion April 22 outside Denver.
Mullan, apparently angered over a non-call in which he lost a ball at midfield, flung himself feet first at Zakuani, snapping the fibula and tibia of the right leg of the Congolese-born midfielder.
Mullan, 33, issued a formal apology the day before MLS handed out its punishment. [April 28]
Comment: The proper punishment for Mullan’s act is suggested in Soccer Stories: Anecdotes, Oddities, Lore and Amazing Feats:
Romanian Star Banned Until Player Hurt Recovers Marius Lacatus, who starred for Romania at the 1990 World Cup, paid an unusual price for a vicious tackle in April 1999. After the veteran forward, playing for Steaua Bucharest, chopped down Vasile Ardeleanu of FCM Bacau, causing a double fracture in Ardeleanu’s leg, the Romanian soccer federation decided that Lacatus would be suspended until his victim could return to action. Ardeleanu was sidelined for six months. In the meantime, Steaua Bucharest footed his hospital bill, and Lacatus, who also served as Steaua’s team captain and assistant coach, paid all the bonuses Ardeleanu missed during his recovery.
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