Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Oguchi Onyewu Suspended for Four Matches

As reported over at Yanks Abroad, Standard Liège defender and US international Oguchi Onyewu has been suspended for four matches due to earning two red cards in a three-week span. He will miss a few critical matches for his club including one against second place RSC Anderlecht.

His club has stressed that Onyewu is an honest player and was not looking to harm his opponent.

This puts Onyewu in a difficult position. You don't want to get a reputation for playing dirty because then the refs pay more attention to you and are less likely to give you the benefit of the doubt in foul situations. This can hurt a player’s ability to make things happen from his position.

I don't think a physical player like Onyewu wants to head to Germany with the refs eyeing him.


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