NEW YORK (April 13, 2010) – The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee today fined Columbus Crew defender Danny O’Rourke an additional $500 for making an offensive gesture toward officials during the Columbus Crew’s 2-2 tie with FC Dallas on Saturday, April 10.
O’Rourke made the gesture in second-half stoppage time of last Saturday’s game and was issued a red card, which carries an automatic one-game suspension and $250 fine. The Disciplinary Committee reviewed the incident and concluded that he should be fined an additional $500.
O’Rourke will pay a total fine of $750 and will serve the one-game suspension during the Crew’s next match, which is against Real Salt Lake on Saturday, April 24.
Fines imposed by the MLS Disciplinary Committee are donated to MLS W.O.R.K.S., Major League Soccer's community outreach initiative. MLS W.O.R.K.S. is dedicated to addressing important social issues affecting young people and seeks to establish Major League Soccer as a leader for improving the lives of people through sport. For more information visit the website at www.MLSsoccer.com/works.