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BOLIVIAN, SPANISH PLAYERS TO SIT OUT 2 GAMES

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In an especially strong move toward cleaning up rough play at the World Cup, soccer's ruling body Sunday suspended key players from the Bolivian and Spanish teams for the rest of the first round.

Miguel Nadal of Spain and Marco Etcheverry of Bolivia each drew red card ejections during separate games Friday, the opening day of the World Cup.In the past, such expulsions meant suspension for only the following game. However, FIFA's disciplinary board stiffened the punishment by extending the suspension for another game.

"We want to crack down on violent action," said Joseph Blatter, general secretary of FIFA.

Since each team plays three games in first round, the two players are gone for the rest of the round, and possibly the tournament if their teams fail to advance.

The suspensions are particularly harsh considering the players involved. Nadal is Spain's captain and Etcheverry is Bolivia's star scorer.

"I think it's totally unfair and out of proportion," Spain coach Javier Clemente said. "I don't understand it."

Spain's next two games are against Germany and Bolivia. Bolivia faces South Korea and Spain.

The Spanish and Bolivian soccer federations also were fined $3,570 each, the minimum under the rules for a red card.

"The committee adopted the principle that a direct expulsion will automatically buy a two-match suspension and fine," Blatter said.

The disciplinary panel, chaired by Pablo Porta Bussoms of Spain, also declared that two yellow card warnings for one player on first-round games would mean automatic one-game suspensions. And because of that, the committee decided the usual one-game suspension for a red card was not enough.

Last week, when the assignments for referees and linesmen were announced, FIFA president Joao Havelange said the referees had been instructed to expel players for rough tackling and what has become known in soccer as the professional or tactical foul - a hit deliberately designed to stop a player from scoring.

Havelange warned that officials who failed to call such fouls would themselves face expulsion from the tournament. It didn't take long to see that Havelange's words were being heeded.

Etcheverry was thrown out of Bolivia's opener against Germany in Chicago after he took a kick at German captain Lothar Matthaeus.

A spokesman for the Bolivian delegation said coach Xabier Azcargota was "very upset" with the suspension ruling, and that Etcheverry was cited for "aggressive behavior."

On Friday night in Dallas, Nadal was sent off by referee Peter Mikkelsen of Denmark in the 26th minute. Nadal brought down Kim Joo-sung as the South Korean zeroed in alone on the Spanish goal.

"A lot of these referees from central Europe or northern countries like Denmark are sometimes difficult when it comes to things like this," Clemente. said.

Blatter said he has seen parts or all of five games and has termed the officiating "consistent."

FIFA said neither Nadal nor Etcheverry testified at the hearing. There also was no contact from either federation nor video review of the fouls.

FIFA spokesman Andreas Herren said the decision to expel a player after a second yellow card would extend only to the first round. But he said players should not get the idea this gives them license to commit fouls in the second round.

"The player might feel, `I can risk a yellow card,' " Herren said. "But - and a very big but - the referees will recognize tactical fouls. They know what the situation is, they know the feeling and have awareness."