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MISL Disciplines Cleveland's Namazi

November 16, 2004 - Major Indoor Soccer League 2 (MISL 2) News Release

Westport, Conn. (Tuesday, November 15, 2004) – The Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) announced today that it has fined Cleveland Force player/coach Omid Namazi an undisclosed amount and suspended him for two additional games as a result of a hearing to review a post-game red card issued to Namazi following Cleveland’s match in Chicago on November 3, 2004.

“After a thorough review, I have determined that Omid’s actions were inappropriate and have decided to act accordingly,” Commissioner Ryan stated. “Omid’s actions fall outside of the League’s accepted code of conduct. Thus, I feel the punishment is just and in accordance with the incident and in agreement with United States Soccer Federation and FIFA guidelines.”

Namazi, who already served his automatic one-game suspension for receiving a red card on Saturday, November 6 versus Chicago, will serve his additional two-game suspension on Friday, November 26 versus Philadelphia and Friday, December 3 versus Kansas City.

The Major Indoor Soccer League is a single-entity organization featuring a coast-to-coast presence with eight teams located across the United States and a ninth team in Monterrey, Mexico. On February 27, the League announced an expansion team in Stockton, CA, that will begin play in 2005-06. On May 4, the League announced plans for an expansion team in Newark, NJ, that will begin play in 2007-08. The Dallas Sidekicks, currently reorganizing under new leadership, plan to return for the 2005-06 season. The MISL is the single major league of indoor soccer. In 2004-05, each MISL team will play an expanded 40-game (20 home/20 away) regular season schedule. The 2004-05 MISL regular season will run for 28 weeks, beginning on October 9 and concluding on April 24. The 2005 MISL Championship Series is scheduled to begin the weekend of April 29 and the 2005 MISL Champion will be crowned in mid-May. For more information on the MISL, visit the League’s website at

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