El Salvador’s Larin suspended three games

Alexander Larin (Reuters)

If El Salvador's Under-23 men's national team is to qualify for this summer's Olympics, they will have to do so without one of their top defenders.

Alexander Larin was suspended three games by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee on Friday for his actions against the United States in last Monday's Group A finale in Olympic qualifying at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.

Larin gave forward Terrence Boyd a bloody nose after punching him in the face during an off-the-ball incident in the second half of the 3-3 draw that eliminated the Americans. Larin, who also allegedly bit Mix Diskerud and Freddy Adu in the game, did not receive any punishment from the referees for punching Boyd inside the penalty area.

The suspension means Larin will not be available to play in El Salvador's pivotal match versus Honduras at Livetrong Sporting Park in Kansas City on Saturday evening. Should El Salvador win that match and book their place in the Summer Games, he'd also miss the Olympic qualifying tournament final and the first game of the Olympics.

If El Salvador loses to Hondruas, Larin will be forced to miss two games in the next Under-23 tournament.

What do you think of Larin being suspended three games by FIFA for his actions? Is it a just suspension or should it have been longer?

Share your thoughts below.

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74 Responses to El Salvador’s Larin suspended three games

  1. pancholama says:

    It should have been a straight red card, on the spot, period. Further, if I am not mistaken the assault took place inside the area, therefore a penalty kick should have been awarded.
    It is a small consolation to US fans that now Larin will be suspended for three games. How about vacating the result, and awarding the game by default to the US!?

    • Alex says:

      I think the blow to the face as shown in the picture shouldn’t be tolerated. This happened a long time ago and some facts were not clear to begin with. Both teams fought to the end, no doubt. One reason Salvadorian players would go angry is bc of Corona’s goal which he celebrated in front of Salvadorian fan side of the Stadium. He is tri-national, being born in USA from a Mexican father and a Salvadorian mother. The problem arises with Corona having said he would think about which team he would choose to represent internationally. He debated E.S., Mexico, and USA. He said most likely it would be USA or Mexico most likely bc they have better football level. Salvadorians didn’t take much offense to that but celebrating his goal in front of Salvadorian fans was taunting and played a number on the young Salvadorian players psychology. About the game, it was hard. It was 50/50 and we should welcome a defeat like this to an under dog team. Honduras advanced and demonstrated they were the better team in the Olympics by making it far into the competition. E.S. vs USA was a lesson. About the biting of the ear, that’s none sense. There was no picture or video to prove that. It was just the other side of the story fifa needed to sanction the lad. Let’s not be sore loosers!

  2. hogatroge says:

    Little good this does now.

    ES would probably have lost to Honduras anyway, and I doubt Larin would have played in ES’s next 2 games anyway.

  3. hogatroge says:

    Honestly, I don’t care if Larin is punished. The referee needs a suspension and fine.

  4. chris says:

    I was kind of angry no one on the team stuck up for terrance boyd. Someone should have knocked this b!tch out whether thats during or after the game

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  6. mtgunner says:

    Im just discouraged that this is probably one of the crews that is going to ref during the World Cup qualifiers. It’s sad that we cant expect more than moderate to piss poor officiating in today’s game.

  7. Sox05 says:

    +1000 Boyd is laughing straight to the National while his chicken teammates go nowhere except for maybe Diskerud, Adu and Corona.

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  9. Joe Creighton says:

    Larin is a piece of s&^%

    Boyd should file an assault charge against him.

    What a disgrace of a man and a footballer.

  10. USSOCCER should be calling for the head of the Mexican referee who was looking straight at the incident and chose to totally ignore it.

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!I’m sick of some of these CONCACAF officials who constantly demonsrate their “anti-Gringo” bias with their calls and non calls. It is pathetic!

  11. vik says:

    shocking that no official saw any of these transgressions.

  12. Al says:

    I was going to say that was not a bad piece of business for Larin but the truth is that hit had absolutely nothing to do with the outcome of the game.
    El Salvador moved on because they were better. Plain and simple

  13. Daryan Kelly says:

    He should not have been playing against the US to begin with. He bit Canada’s Carl Haworth in the first game. The Canadian got a yellow for pushing Larin back after he was bit and showed the referee who did nothing. Canada filed a complaint and sent a report with video proof and a doctors report. CONCACAF did nothing. Apparently it is not important until the guys does it multiple times.

    I think there is an article about the Canada incident just google it.

  14. Mike Lamb says:

    So an incident that should’ve left ES down a man and with a US penalty kick had “absolutely nothing to do with the outcome of the game”? Huh?

  15. wjmcclain says:

    To Al….. despite the terrible non-call, I don’t disagree with your point at all. The US did not deserve to move on thanks to the 4-3-3 which is a deathtrap for US teams at all age groups, terrible coaching and game management, and the inability of US players to clear the ball and show the tenacity to see the game out in stoppage time. I like Juergen Klinsmann but he must be smart enough to re-think this 4-3-3 “playing template”. It doesn’t work for us!

  16. fischy says:

    They probably should add to his suspension for that. Obviously, I knew nothing about the bites, and I didn’t even know it was Larin who hit Boyd, Still, his tackling was so nasty that I wrote after the game that Larin might not want to go to MLS because there are a few MLSers who’d like another shot at him. 3 games seems light for this little piece of merde.

  17. Scott says:

    Not enough of a suspension. He and the referee should sit out a year. A message needs to be sent that these kinds of actions are unacceptable. USSF should make a bigger stink about this every time it happens. Glad to see that Canada pushed it after the game.

  18. Chupacabra says:


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  20. Chupacabra says:

    There would’nt have been the extra added minute if Boyd didnt need to have his bloody nose tended to, so the match would have ended before ES’s hail mary goal.

  21. marco says:

    It’s sad that the Mexican ref waved play-on, for a punch in the face. USA side should have told Boyd to stay down and then demanded the ref confer with the linesman who was zeroed in on the event. Reports from USA sports writers that the event was not seen, are disgusting.

  22. marco says:

    There’s something very disturbing in CONCACAF.
    Klinsmann better be prepared for more than soccer.

  23. Joe DosEquis says:

    3 games is a joke of a suspension for a serious of violent incidents, even ignoring the failures of the referee.

  24. marco says:

    “… nothing to do with the outcome of the game…’
    Nonsense, one less player, down two goals, two less minutes. The no-call had a huge impact.

  25. PD says:

    I still don’t understand why he can’t be brought up on charges. I mean an errant tackle, even one that results in injury, is still part of the game in terms of conventional moves. But no where and at no time has punching or biting ever been part of soccer technique. If that had happened in the stands this bendejo would be in jail or at the every least have a civil suit brought against him.

    I can’t imagine that this kind of activity can be covered under any kind of game play waiver that FIFA or CONCACAF have in place. BTW I would be saying this (and have said it) when American players take a run at opponents as well, so this is not about sour grapes over the loss. This simply should not be tolerated in any way at this level of the game and if CONCACAF won’t do anyting about it then Boyd Diskerud Adu and the unnamed Canadian player should get a lawyer and take care of it themselves.

  26. marco says:

    They did see it. The linesman main job is to watch the most forward players, and he does. The video tape shows him watching Boyd and Larin unobstructed. It also shows the ref looking at it. I believe the ref may have waved off the linesman.

  27. UMN says:

    My first response when seeing the ref had no intentions to penalize larin was to pull the players off the field. If fifa is not going to do anything about situations like this (replay) make them decided whether or not to give us a forfeit. I had a lot of respect for Verbeek when he pulled the team. No reason to risk injury if the referees are unwilling or unable to stop violence.

  28. Big Ben says:

    HAHA poor baby

  29. Ben says:

    I’m curious about the reaction to this in El Salvador.

  30. Jozy Wales says:

    It is obvious any Mexican referees who ref games involving the US have no ethics and will cheat as much as possible and ignore rules to assist the US’ opponents. This non call literally cost the US the game,despite what the dimwit “Al” claimed in his total nonsensical statement . The US needs a real man as Director of the USSF to put a stop to the constant terribly biased refereeing in CONCACRAP sanctioned games and also the terrible refereeing the US faces at the World Cup. What percentage of goals that were questionably disallowed occurred were US goals? It is laughable that a Professor of Economics whose soccer experience consists of HS soccer and works part time for the USSF runs the USSF. Gulati would never complain because he is only head of the USSF because he the puppet of FIFA crime bosses such as Jack Warner and Sepp Blatter . IF the US complains about the incredible bias such as occurred in the ES game ,Gulati would miss out on the free trips to FIFA events etc.

  31. Ben says:

    Maintaining that we didn’t deserve to win and that the non-call had nothing to do with the outcome of the game are two entirely different things.

  32. Ben says:

    What is said as well is that this is unlikely to change. I remeber reading about an Argentina fan happy but perplexed that some Englishman didn’t just scythe down Maradona on his famous run. Unfortunately, it seems like histrionics and attempts to con refs are deeply ingrained in Latin American football culture.

  33. Ben says:

    sad, not said

  34. john says:

    I find it amazing that people whine over the Boyd incident but fail to mention the fact that Okugo should’ve been shown his second yellow card early in the first half for hitting an opponent with his forearm.

    I’m starting to see a trend around here…

  35. Al says:

    it’s funny how there is always some idiot that blames Mexico for the US shortcomings. Lets face it: the US were just not good enough. Who loses to Canada?
    From CCL to the Gold Cup to the Olympics Mexico has shown that they are in a completely different level. You should just be thankful they even answer the phone when the USSF calls.
    Please shut up. People like you make all US fans sound like a bunch of ignorant idiots.

  36. Rlw2020 says:

    A little too late, but good … F*ing scumbag

  37. I JIK I RED BULLZ says:

    Honduras just scored 3-2

  38. Smell Cheatador has also been eliminated, Honduras is through

  39. tom says:

    The duties of the referee are to enforce the Laws of the Game.
    The suspension by FIFA acknowledges there was a failure by the crew in this game to uphold these duties.
    While I initially felt that the US in no way deserved to win this game, no one can know what would have happened had the referee penalized Larin’s conduct. Mention has been made that maybe Okugo deserved to be sent off as well, but this probably could have been countered by calls against other players in blue, for which the whistle never blew. There are always shoulda and couldas in any game, but the fact that FIFA acknowledges these shortcomings is notable.

  40. Big Ben says:

    Honduras goes through with the help of an American ref, so I guess we are even.

  41. GW says:

    Can you guarantee that the US makes the penalty kick?

    And if they had can you guarantee that the leaky US defense and their suspect goal tenders would have stopped the Salvadorians from scoring and tieing up the game again?

    You can’t.

    In the end the US went out because Sean Johnson could not keep a ball out of the net when he should have been able to.

    That is what it came down to. If you want to blame one guy blame Johnson or one of the lame defenders who could not even bring down Alas on his way to shoot. Bring him down outside the box, break his leg, get red carded and waste more time. They could not even do that. All they can do is make up BS excuses like the ref is incompetent. Well everyone knew that going in so take it out of his hands and be up by two goals instead of one late in the game.

    The US lost because they did not want it as badly as El Salvador.

  42. GW says:

    It has been that way for many, many years and many qualifying campaigns.

    Ask Donovan.

    Where have you been?

  43. GW says:

    Why didn’t Boyd know enough to stay down?

  44. GW says:

    There is no comparison between this game and the AZ situation.

    That involved the threat of violence from the crowd, a clear assault on his player by a spectator (not an opposing player)and the threat to the safety of his entire team.

    No way Porter and the US get any sympathy from CONCACAF if he tries a walk off for what amounts to about a bad call by the ref.

    What Larrin did, while unsporting, is hardly unprecedented. The most likely outcome would have been a US forfeit.

  45. Big Ben says:

    Tell me about it. A US ref eliminated El Salvador today and you don’t see Ives and co mentioning it.

  46. jake says:

    Not true. A PK to the US and ES down to 10 could have easily given the US the easy win.

  47. Coach Beck says:

    My penis is bigger than yours! No, no mine is. No mine is. No mine is!!!! Nothing is going to change unless FIFA agrees that officials from outside of your federation should call all major tournaments and qualifiers. Otherwise this argument never ends!!

  48. Juan from L.A. says:

    Freaking excuses people…ES was better and they still didn’t go to London (although they showed a lot of HEART AND BALLS which we lacked throughout the tournament)…this goes back to what even Cabrera said once he was let go off the U-17 team that we have the physical abilities yet we don’t know how to use it cause we are chicken sh#@#…

  49. Maybe because Ives is busy getting bitten and punched in the face by El Salvador “jugadores de futbol”

  50. Yoreau Snaub says:

    They also showed a lot of TEETH and FISTS. If they can manage to get their hands on the EYE, I think that’s enough to get into Dracula’s castle at the end of the game.

  51. Carlos says:

    Regadless of Larins’s actions, ES has showed more class than the U.S and that’s why ES got farther. After the game they never said nothing negative about US player, continuosly thanked god for the opportunity given, never reacted negatively to being given plane tickets with US players name on them. Mixx and Freddy crying about being bitten after the game is a sign of weakness.

    Anyone whho plays a competitive sport has some story about being hitten, harrased, or something. You don’t cry about it, you just PLAY. The ref blew the game today vs ES but you don’t see them crying about it.

  52. Erin says:

    ES showed more class? Biting and punching your opponent, real classy.

  53. Polo says:

    Is this serious?

    Crying about being bitten? You don’t think players have a right to complain about being FREAKING BITTEN during a soccer game?


  54. joejoe says:

    Is this FIFA standard policy? I’m all for justice, but I get the feeling that FIFA did this just to because USSF complained. There’s still going to be De Jong’s out there kicking Spaniards in the ribs and breaking American legs without any sanction.

  55. Carlos says:

    I’m not saying it was right but be a man, you lost get over. How about the US apoligize for being so arrogant to buy there tickets to the next round ahead of time. That saids nothing but arrogance.

    About the bite, it wouldn’t have won you the game, it wasn’t gonna make you advance, it wouldn’t have erased the result to canada, wouldn’t take away that the US defence/gk was horrible. One players actions doesn’t take away from a collective teams effort, that’s all I’m saying. ES has earned the respect of everyone from a soccer standpoint.

    US, have fun being an underachieving, no heart, no balls, crying team.

  56. marco says:

    Yes, Carlos has very strange values. I wouldn’t be surprised to see refs brought in from outside the area, because these values may be traditional.

  57. marco says:

    Your values are disturbing, see a doctor.

  58. jack says:

    you mad bro.

  59. whoop=whoop says:

    Punched grabbed, sure….. bitten? By a man… never. I’ll concede maybe by a small child or a little girl. Sorry…. any team that has… and puts up with a member who has bitten people on multiple occasions forfeits the right to be called classy. Period.

  60. UMN says:

    There is a comparison, violence. The AZ situation was clearly worse but something has to be done about the ineptitude of Concacaf referees. Would a forfeit have been any worse? Unsporting behavior is taking a dive or time wasting. If this was done in american sports serious ramifications would have been taken. There is no reason that we can’t hold international soccer to these standards.

  61. GW says:

    You don’t watch much international soccer do you?

    This sort of bad foul is SOP when the stakes are really high.

    Larin’s actions are notable mostly because he got caught and is being sanctioned after the fact. That is the shocking part.

    Sanctions were unavoidable in the AZ case since the violence was so intentional, so obvious and so clearly outside the rules.

  62. Floodly says:

    One player’s action can take away from a collective team effort.

    -signed Zidane
    World Cup Finals

  63. Jozy Wales says:

    Better at what?: Punching opposing players knowing the Mexican ref will NOT penalize them? You call biting and punching opposing players “heart”. ES tied the game because instead of playing with 10 men and the US being awarded a penalty kick, they were permitted to intimidate the US players. I remember I saw a Gold Cup final when the US beat Panama at Giants Stadium. The crowd was small so I sat very close to the field. It was close enough to observe, that some US players were clearly not giving 100% because they didn’t want to get the type of injury Arguedelo has or an equally serious injury because the Panamanians had nothing to lose and they were particularly trying to hurt Beasley. So Beasley dogged it. When players know the opposing team can actually punch you and maybe break your nose and the ref will look the other way, it isn’t soccer anymore. Larin (did he have his rabies shots?)also has bitten opposing players. As long as he only bites Canadians and Americans it’s not considered a foul by CONCACRAP refs.All the talk of lack of skill, etc etc.. is BS. Yesterday, 2 Americans scored in the best league in the world the Prem. How many Salvadoreans play in one of the top European leagues? Porter was a terrible choice as he has only coached college soccer. But the talk about lack of skill is not accurate.

  64. Alex G says:

    great stuff, Hondures beat EL CHEATADOR, bye bye salvatruchas

  65. Jozy Wales says:

    I said Mexican referee. You are the ignorant one as all this BS about how the US is terrible at soccer ignores the fact that in the best leagues in Europe where the best players from all over the world go, there are more US than Mexican players and they are getting at least equal playing as Mexican players in Europe. While the great Gio and Vela have had a lot difficulty getting playing time in the Prem, 2 Americans in the Prem scored yesterday including Dempsey who scored his 13th while the great Hernandez has 10. There are 16 US players who are receiving significant playing time for teams in the top 5 European leagues or for teams in the Europa league. The US is not deficient in skilled players (compared to other CONCACRAP teams) but clearly have a very few competent American born coaches. Having Porter coach the U23 team shows the low average level of expertise of US coaches. That is why they lost to Canada for the first time in 20 years and Mexico never does.

  66. Anisa says:

    Wll it wasnt a penalty because the ball wa not been played in the box when the incident happen, but yes I agree with it was a red card

  67. UMN says:

    “You don’t watch much international soccer do you?” Thanks for being condescending. I really don’t see your motivation to be such an a$$, I haven’t missed a us game since the 02′ world cup. “Sanctions were unavoidable in the AZ case since the violence was so intentional, so obvious and so clearly outside the rules.” please explain to me how larin’s punch and biting weren’t intentional, obvious, and outside the rules, both the US and canada filled complaints but frankly FIFA determining that larins actions merited a red card after the game isn’t good enough for me.

  68. marco says:

    US Soccer should inquire to FIFA if the Mexican referee was aware of the Canada report on Larin, prior to the USA game.

  69. bryan says:

    “Alexander Larin is a [insert insult here]”

    i will be googling his name with as many insults as i can come up with in hopes that’s what people see when/if they search for him.

    i can’t remember what this is called, but Reddit has done it very successfully. the Santorum one being the best.

  70. Brain Guy says:

    Justice delayed is justice denied. I still can’t believe there wasn’t more made of these incidents when they happened. Now I learn that Larin bit a Canadian player too? This isn’t about heart or spirit, it’s about thuggery and cowardice. Where were the American players and coaches when players were getting bitten and punched?! It just boggles the mind. Three games is a joke too. The officials deserve a suspension too.

  71. elk_GER says:

    A straight red card – yes. But no penalty designated if the ball isn’t directly in play in the incidence.