Major League Soccer fined D.C. United forward Charlie Davies $1,000 for putting the game into disrepute in the 83rd minute of the match against Real Salt Lake on June 18.
“The MLS Disciplinary Committee ruled that Charlie Davies intentionally deceived the officials and gained an unfair advantage which directly impacted the match,” MLS Executive Vice President Nelson Rodriguez said. “This type of behavior tarnishes the image of the League, is detrimental to the game and will not be tolerated.”
Prior to this season, MLS players and coaches expressed to the League office that they wanted to see a decrease in diving, embellishment and other simulation intended to deceive the officials.
“Moving forward, all instances of behavior that serves to deceive and that directly impact the game will be subject to severe discipline, including a fine, suspension or both,” Rodriguez added.
The Disciplinary Committee also fined the New York Red Bulls and the Los Angeles Galaxy in a busy Friday.
New York issued a press release publicly criticizing the refereeing in its match against the Portland Timbers. In that match, Thierry Henry was handed a soft red card for what appeared to be a friendly pat to the back of Adam Moffat's head.
The Red Bulls were slapped with a $10,000 fine.
“The statement released by Red Bull New York this week undermines our substantial efforts to continue improving all aspects of our competition,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement.
As for the Galaxy, the team neglected to list David Beckham as injured ahead of its trip to Colorado to face the Rapids on June 18, despite knowing the Englishman would miss out due to back spasms. That omission cost the club $5,000.
All of the fines collected will go to MLS W.O.R.K.S., the charity and philanthropic arm of the league.