Earlier this week, we wondered if LA Galaxy would be at full-strength in this first leg of the playoffs. To say we were certain that they were deserving of attention from the MLS Disciplinary Committee would be an understatement.
After all, both Marcelo Sarvas and Dan Gargan threw (somewhat awful) punches during a particularly hairy point of the match. They may not have connected with players, but they were very clear instances of violent conduct, and those are the sorts of actions that the Disciplinary Committee is built for.
But no — we're left again with the Disciplinary Committee ruling on an entirely different match. They've ruled on Wednesday's play-in game, suspending Mauro Diaz for leaving the bench during a 'mass confrontation' incident. Fair enough, I guess. Rules are rules.
But when rules are so certainly not actually rules, but really guidelines that can either be followed or not, we're going to end up in hot water.
It's not that I don't think we can beat LA Galaxy with Sarvas and Gargan. I think we'll be fine. It's not like Robbie Keane should have been suspended or anything, so it doesn't seem like an issue of star power overriding concerns.
No, instead, what we have is the league's disciplinary committee turning a blind eye to the sorts of things other leagues across the world actually review. MLS might review considerably more and suspend players for all sorts of infractions that other leagues would just let fly, but when it comes to this, they've dropped the ball.