Dirty Tackle

Brek Shea gets three-match suspension for kicking ball at linesman

Ryan Bailey
Dirty Tackle

Not only has FC Dallas' visit to Columbus Crew provided us with a textbook throat-kick DTotD, but also a fine example of assistant referee abuse. FC Dallas' Brek Shea was unhappy with the linesman for calling a foul on him, and expressed his disappointment via the medium of volleying the ball directly at the official's stomach.

He escaped without a yellow card for the incident — as did the Crew's Tony Tchani for what looked like an obvious flop — but the U.S. national team midfielder wasreprimanded by MLS on Thursday with a three-match suspension and an undisclosed fine.

It seems like a reasonably strong punishment, but at least half of the fine has to be for that haircut.

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