| Thursday, August 15, 2002 21:10 EST
MLS fines Williams $1,000 for arguing with ref
NEW YORK -- D.C. United midfielder Richie Williams was fined
$1,000 by the MLS on Thursday for arguing with a referee, but the
official was suspended for the remainder of the season for his
The official, Noel Kenny, will not be assigned to any more games
this season because he received his second failing grade of the
season during Saturday's game between D.C. United and Kansas City.
The referee also received a demerit July 4 during a match between
Chicago and Colorado.
"Noel has been one of our best officials over the course of the
past six seasons, and we anticipate him returning to the MLS
referee pool in 2003,'' said Joe Machnik, the assistant to the MLS
deputy commissioner for on-field competition. "Unfortunately for
everybody, this is a painful part the process to improve the
officiating in our league.''
Williams was assessed three separate fines for his misconduct
during Saturday's game.
During a heated exchange with Kenny during stoppage time of the
match, Williams was also issued a yellow card that pushed his
season caution point total over 21 points, an offense that mandates
a fine of $250. Williams also was given an administrative caution
for excessive dissent, a penalty that carries an automatic $250
Williams also was fined $500 fine for criticizing the referee in
comments to reporters after the game.