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MLS suspends Diallo after scrap

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 17, 2001


Mutiny forward Mamadou Diallo was suspended for three games by MLS on Wednesday for confronting a fan after a game Saturday in Denver.

Diallo was being escorted from the field at Mile High Stadium when he broke free from coach Alfonso Mondelo and an assistant coach. Diallo jumped toward a fan, Jorge Merida, who suffered a scratch on his left hand. Diallo was restrained and led away.

In addition to missing three league games, Diallo was suspended for Wednesday night's 2-0 exhibition loss in Tampa to England's Fulham. Diallo was fined $5,000 and must get anger counseling.

"Regardless of the nature of the comments, the MLS Disciplinary Committee decided there is no justification for a player attempting to physically confront a customer in response to comments," a league statement said. "MLS does not and cannot condone such actions by an MLS employee in any circumstances."

Without Diallo, the Mutiny did not mount much of an attack against English First Division champion Fulham F.C. in the international friendly at Pepin/Rood Stadium before 2,311.

Fulham's Kevin Betsy scored both goals for the visitors, who will be promoted to the Premiership next season. Betsy scored in the third and 42nd minutes, each coming with assists from Andrejs Stolcers.

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