Marc Dos Santos Fined for Comparing MLS to Mickey Mouse

by Denis Metev

Marc Dos Santos, Vancouver Whitecaps coach, has been fined by the MLS because of comments he made in an interview in November.

Marc Dos Santos received fine for ‘Mickey Mouse’

The 42-year old coach compared MLS to other soccer leagues around the world. He wasn’t happy about the length of the season break.

“Players at the top level, they have three weeks, one month maximum, on break,” Dos Santos said.

“I’m telling you, three months and a half of a break in a soccer season is Mickey Mouse. It’s amateur. It doesn’t happen in the world.”

MLS commissioner Don Garber announced the fine on Tuesday:

“Vancouver Whitecaps coach Marc Dos Santos has been issued an undisclosed fine for comments regarding the league during an interview published on Nov. 4. “These comments are in violation of the league’s public criticism policy,” MLS said in a statement.

Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore was also fined because of criticizing officials after Toronto were beaten by Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup final on November 10.

Vancouver Whitecaps finished 12th in the Western Conference with only 34 points to their name. Therefore, they did not participate in the play-offs.

The team played their last official game on October 6, when they lost to Real Salt Lake. And the new MLS season begins on February 29, which makes it a total of more than three and a half months without an official game for Vancouver.

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