The past two times Chico Borja took out Baltimore Blast players with alleged late hits, he faced only the wrath of the Baltimore fans, coach Kenny Cooper and some of the Baltimore players.
But now the Blast cries of more foul play by the Wichita Wings midfielder have reached Major Soccer League commissioner Earl Foreman's office in the form of a videotape replay.
Baltimore owner Ed Hale is asking that Foreman review the tape and act against Borja for running into Blast goalkeeper Scott Manning in the fourth quarter of Friday night's 7-6 overtime loss to the Wings in Wichita, Kan.
"There's no place in the game for this," said Hale. "It's happened before and where there's smoke there's fire [Borja put Manning out for four weeks in April 1989 with a right knee injury and a few weeks later he hit Tim Wittman from behind in the playoffs and virtually ended the season for Wittman due to a severely sprained ankle]."
Manning played the remainder of Friday's game but has missed the past two games with a second-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament of the right knee.
Borja said yesterday that he did not try to hurt Manning.
"I'm a forward," said Borja. "I'm not supposed to tackle people. I'mthe guy who gets kicked all the time. If I go in hard that's me. But if anyone comes up to me and says I do that on purpose, they're a liar."