David Beckham's time at the Los Angeles Galaxy continues to grow sour as he wassent off in Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Seattle Sounders FC.
The former England captain was given a straight red card for a tackle onSounders midfielder Peter Vagenas in the 17th minute.
And Beckham, who earns around £25m a year, faces a £150 fine and one-match ban, though he will have until the end of the year before he has to hand over the sum.
He can count himself lucky. Former Liverpool defenderSteve Nicol, now head coach of the New England Revolution, was lastweek fined £900 and given a two-match ban after being sent from thedugout against Toronto FC.
Beckham, who was watched by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey and world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, was booed off the field but he insists there was no maliciousness involved.
'Pete is one of my best friends,' he told the club's official website.
'I think it's a hard tackle but not with means for a red card.
'I've never gone in one tackle wanting to hurt someone. The referee saw it differently.'
The former Manchester United player has had a hard time back in America since returning from a successful loan spell at AC Milan.
On his arrival in LA he was embroiled in a row with team-mate Landon Donovan over comments the USA striker made in a book called 'The Beckham Experiment' which questioned the Englishman's commitment to the Galaxy.
And he was twice involved in confrontations with fans during his first three games back in a Galaxy shirt.
The 34-year-old is likely to seek a repeat of his loan spell with Milan from January to May this year when his stint with the Galaxy comes to an end as he bids to figure in Fabio Capello's England squad for next summer's World Cup finals in South Africa.