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Sunday, February 13, 2011
Jair Benitez gets in spitting altercation

Things got heated between the MLS Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas during an exhibition game on Saturday.

Forward Brian Ching and midfielder Geoff Cameron had to be separated from Dallas defender Jair Benitez after Benitez spat in Cameron's face.

Benitez admitted to spitting in Cameron's face, but said it was only an act of retaliation to something similar Cameron did earlier.

"No chance, no chance," Cameron said when informed of Benitez's claim, according to the Houston Chronicle. "If he says I spit in his face, he's an idiot."

"I think he's an unprofessional player," Cameron continued. "It's just one of those things that he came up to me and it took me every ounce of my energy not to punch him in the face, hit him or retaliate. But I'm a better professional than he is. I just kind of turned my shoulder a little bit and shrugged it off.

"The scoreboard speaks for itself. It was 3-0 and it was on his field when he played. It's one of those things that you have to let it rub off and not focus on it."

Benitez was shocked when asked about the incident.

"No, he also spit [at] me," Benitez said in Spanish, according to the newspaper. "That's why I spit [at] him, but it's because he spit. He's a player that was telling me about everything. That's why he spit [at] me and I also spit [at] him."

"You don't need that," Ching said, according to the paper. "It's a preseason game. He initiated that whole argument with Geoff, and you'd like to see the league crack down on him a little more. It's not the first time. It's not his first incident. There's no need for that in MLS."

Dynamo won the game, 4-0.