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MLS suspends Rafael Marquez of New York Red Bulls for three matches

MLS has suspended New York Red Bulls midfielder Rafael Marquez for three matches for an incident that fractured San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas’s clavicle in four places Saturday.

The league’s disciplinary committee ruled his “actions were viewed as violent conduct that demonstrated blatant disregard for the safety of his opponent.” With both arms around Salinas, Marquez threw him to the ground and then whipped his right foot at Salinas’s head.

Salinas, who is sidelined six to eight weeks, took the high road in responding to questions about the play.

Marquez, who missed the first two matches of the year for a suspension issued at the end of last season, will miss games against D.C. United on Sunday, the New England Revolution on April 28 and the Los Angeles Galaxy on May 5.

Marquez’s ban equals the penalty handed to Houston’s Colin Clark for directing a homophobic slur at a ballboy last month.

Here’s the Marquez play:

Three games too little? Too much? About right?

My take: It should’ve been five games.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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