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MISL Disciplines Chicago's John Ball

December 9, 2005 - Major Indoor Soccer League 2 (MISL 2) News Release

Westport, Conn. (Friday, December 9, 2005) - The Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) announced today that it has suspended John Ball of the Chicago Storm for two matches and has fined him an undisclosed amount as a result of a confrontation between the midfielder and a fan following the conclusion of the Storm's match versus the Baltimore Blast on Saturday, December 3, 2005 at 1st Mariner Arena. Ball will serve his two-game suspension on Saturday, December 10 at the Philadelphia KiXX and on Sunday, December 18 at home versus the St. Louis Steamers.

"After a thorough review of the incident, I have determined that John Ball's actions were inappropriate and have decided to act accordingly," MISL Commissioner Steve Ryan stated. "Despite the actions of a fan, John's actions were inappropriate and were totally inconsistent with the professionalism and conduct that has been and will continue to be the standard for all MISL players. Thus, I feel the punishment is just and in accordance with the incident and look forward to putting this situation behind us and moving forward with the exciting 2005-06 MISL season."

The Major Indoor Soccer League is a single-entity organization with a coast-to-coast presence comprised of six teams located across the United States, and features the finest indoor soccer players representing 31 countries around the world. In February of 2004, the League announced an expansion team in Stockton, CA, that will begin play in 2005-06 as the California Cougars. In May of 2004, the League announced plans for an expansion team in Newark, NJ, that will begin play in 2007-08. In April of 2005, the League also approved an MISL expansion team for Detroit beginning play in 2006-07. The 2005-06 MISL regular season will run for 22 weeks, beginning on November 6 and concluding on April 9. The 2006 MISL All-Star is scheduled for February 11, 2006 at the U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee. The 2006 MISL Championship Series gets underway the weekend of April 14-16, 2006. For more information on the MISL, visit the League's official website

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