Two Galaxy players suspended
LOS ANGELES -- David Beckham has escaped punishment after railing against referees following the Galaxy's last two Major League Soccer defeats, but others in L.A.'s midfield were punished for infractions.
The league's disciplinary committee Friday suspended Mike Magee and Michael Stephens one match and assessed undisclosed fines for deeds during the Galaxy's loss last weekend at Houston.
Both will sit out L.A.'s next game, June 17 against Portland at Home Depot Center.
Stephens, a halftime substitute, was penalized for a studs-up challenge "that endangered the safety of his opponent," a midfield foul against the Dynamo's Adam Moffat in the first minute of the second half. He was cautioned on the play.
Magee was disciplined for "aggravated dissent against the referee" after hurling the ball in frustration past referee Silviu Petrescu when he whistled Edson Buddle for a foul on a corner kick in second-half stoppage.
Beckham wasn't fined or suspended for his diatribes about Petrescu and fellow referee Jair Marrufo following the Galaxy's losses last week to San Jose and Houston, and a league official said it could be assumed no discipline would be forthcoming.
Beckham was angry with Marrufo after San Jose rallied for a 3-2 win at Home Depot Center on May 23.
"Unfortunately, we had someone in control of the game tonight that, every time we've had him, he wants to be the star, and that's what happens when you have a referee who wants to be on 'SportsCenter,'" Beckham said following the game. "That was disappointing.
"Maybe the decision for the [red card on Hector Jimenez], maybe it was. The penalty [assessed against Beckham]? Maybe it was. ... I just turned my back, and my arms were as close to me as they could be. They weren't outstretched -- yeah, it hit my hand, but it could have gone either way. [San Jose's Ike Opara in the first half] falls on the ball in the penalty area, rolls over it a couple of times, touches it with his hand a couple of times. Everyone else sees it apart from the star."
After Houston rallied for a 2-1 win Saturday, Beckham said of Petrescu: "I didn't think refereeing could get any worse than the last game, but today? I don't know. I shouldn't say too much because I'm going to end up getting myself in trouble. Standard's not good enough. Simple as that."
Jimenez also is suspended for the June 17 game.
Scott French is a contributor to ESPNLA.com.
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