The Globe -- Bethlehem
Friday, September 10, 1926
A Swing Along Athletic Row

Fines to Curb Players' Rowdyism
In the past, players ran soccer pretty much as they pleased. However, each year has seen an improvement in the business methods of big league soccer and this year quite a few innovations will be introduced. One of the important revisions is the rule permitting substitutions; another is to curb rowdyism on the playing field. Players can no longer riot and give vent to their feelings with abusive language, rough play or any other misconduct on the field. Not that such practices have been general, but here have been cases where near riots were threatened and one of these occasions occurred recently in an exhibition game between two league teams, when players resorted to fisticuffs. The magnates are full cognizant of the fact that if soccer is to experiences the success of other major sports in this country, stringent restrictions must be drawn and weighty penalties imposed for violations. To curb any ungentlemanly conduct, rough play and particularly rowdyism on the playing field, the league has adopted the following regulations and it is understood they are to be strictly enforced.

Ungentlemanly Conduct -- Using profane or abusive language, yelling or making other noises at opponents, linesmen or referee, or toward spectators. Penalty -- Fine of $5 and 5 minutes suspension. Second offense, fine of $20 and 10 minutes suspension.

Rough Play -- Tripping, kicking or hacking opponent. Penalty -- Fine of $10, second offense, fine of 15.

Unusual or Extraordinary Offenses -- Assault or attempted assault on opponents, official or spectators. Penalty -- to be dealt with by the executive office in five days. Offenses committed within the grounds, but not on the playing field to be dealt with the same severity as those committed on the field of play.

Players Must Assume the Loss
In establishing the new code governing the conduct of the player on the field, league executives are doing so on the theory of providing equal chance for all and to assure fair and open competition. It is emphasized that where penalties are imposed for any violation, the player must assume the loss. To bring this fact home more forcibly it is mentioned that should any club be found guilty of paying the fines of their professional players, they are subject to a fine of $250. The above schedule is only for players who have signed professional forms. Amateur players will be dealt with by the league as it deems fit. While the fines do not seem to be heavy, they nevertheless are in keeping with the average salary paid the professional player.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club