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MLS suspends Norberto Paparatto one game for elbow to head

Photo: AP Photo/Jorge Saenz

Portland Timbers defender Norberto Paparatto has been suspended one game by Major League Soccer for elbowing Seattle Sounders' Chad Marshall in the back of the head during Sunday's game, the league announced Thursday.

Paparatto was given a yellow card during the match. He was also fined an undisclosed amount.

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From The Associated Press:

Both players went up for a ball in the air, and Paparatto's arm flew out in front of him. It made contact with Marshall, who has a history of head injuries and missed 17 games due to concussions in 2007.

MLS called the play "serious foul play which endangered the safety of an opponent."

The Timbers play the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.

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