The Globe -- Bethlehem
Tuesday, September 25, 1928
A Swing Along Athletic Row

The Iron Hand
The suspension and $1,000 fine slapped on the three clubs who bolted the ranks of the American Soccer League to enter the National Challenge Cup is certain to start a controversy most likely to end disastrously for someone. Whether it will be the three clubs that bolted or the American Soccer League remains to be seen in the action and developments certain to follow. From sentiment expressed, not alone locally, but throughout the New England states with the possible exception of Fall River, it is going to be the league that will eventually be on the short end. The action of "Bill" Cunningham is contended by many entirely unwarranted and quite premature.

Awaiting the Association
Soccer followers are anxiously awaiting action by the National Association and such will no doubt be forthcoming when the president of the American Soccer League officially notified the association of the action taken. The U. S. F. A. has already intimated that the counteraction to be taken by that body and in behalf of the clubs that have entered the cup play, will be every bit as extreme as the punishment meted out by the league president. That is taken to mean that the association will suspend the league from organized soccer.

Players Free Agents
Should the association decide to suspend the league the status of the loop would then be one of an outlaw circuit. Such a status would naturally place all of the players of the league as free agents and release all protection provided the clubs by the U. S. F. A. Of course, within its own ranks, the league could adopt legislation and in fact has legislation relative to players jumping from one club to another but outside of the league such provisions would have not bearing whatever. And with a new league now practically certain, anything might happen insofar as players are concerned.

The League Works Quick
From reliable authority it is learned that the league had hardly made public the sentence for the three "deserters" before negotiations were carried on with Philadelphia interests to organize a club. Apparently with the aim of having the Quakers assume one of the berths vacated by the suspended teams. The response to the league, however, was anything but encouraging for sentiment seems entirely with Bethlehem and the other two suspended clubs. In fact, so much so, that in Philadelphia they are awaiting word of a proposed new league when surely one club, if not two, will be organized to enter the circuit.

No Other Way
If the league stands firm in its sentence to the "deserting" teams these clubs must either plan for a new circuit or hang up in soccer for good and all. And that is not likely for the New York Giants, it is believed, is one of the best paying teams in the circuit. It is understood that the league would welcome a new league. Also that already the association has in hand a more than sufficient number of applications for such a circuit. It is understood that legal litigations are also likely to occur in the interest of the banished teams.

The Official Notification
President "Bill" Cunningham has seen fit to broadcast the action taken in behalf of the three "traitors" in the public press before notifying the clubs involved. At least Bethlehem had not been notified of the official action up to noon today and it seems strange that in all other matters involving controversy telegrams were fired back and forth between the clubs. Until this official notification is received, there is nothing to do insofar as becoming active on the various counteracting propositions suggested.

Where the Association Erred
The U. S. F. A. can probably be partly to be blamed for the messy conditions of soccer affairs at this time . The association should have taken immediate action when the league voted to prohibit league teams from entering the cup; that action alone merited suspension of the league. The action of the three clubs, therefore, might be construed as being taken in behalf of their individual interest and as a precaution against being ruled as outlaws. As the matter now stands it is a joint proposition with the association to action on the ruling prohibiting league teams to enter the cup play and secondly, the suspension of the clubs that have entered.

Hasty in its Actions
While literally the three suspended clubs have not violated league obligations the league interprets the ruling in a dif [SECTION MISSING]

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