Major League Soccer’s Disciplinary Committee has suspended Houston Dynamo defender Alejandro Fuenmayor for two games and issued an undisclosed fine, the league announced Wednesday afternoon.
The decision comes after Fuenmayor sent New York City FC midfielder Yangel Herrera to the locker room with a serious injury early in Houston’s 3-1 win Friday. Referee Allan Chapman brandished a yellow card for Fuenmayor after an extended delay in the 16th minute, while Herrera was stretchered from the playing field.
“That was a bad challenge and I still don’t understand why (Fuenmayor) wasn’t sent off,” NYCFC head coach Patrick Vieira said after training Wednesday morning.
The disciplinary committee agreed.
Instead of playing a man up for the majority of the match, NYCFC lost a key midfielder. And the man retroactively suspended scored the opening goal for Houston in their triumph.
NYCFC is expected to obtain a full medical report on Herrera’s status by the end of the week.
“What I can tell you is that it doesn’t look good at all,” Vieira said. “You always want to be optimistic but it doesn’t look good.”
During the match, the referee did not signal for video review despite a five-minute delay in play to attend to the injured player.
Pool reporters, who are assigned to talk to the referee after a match, are not permitted to inquire about the communication between the official and the video assistant referee.
The VAR for that match, Jorge Gonzalez, has lacked consistency. He alerted referee Ismail Elfath in the decision to red card the LA Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic for slapping Montreal’s Michael Petrasso in a recent match but was not vigilant in a similar fracas when Christian Martinez of Columbus Crew SC slapped Sporting KC’s Seth Sinovic. Martinez will be subsequently suspended for two matches by the MLS DisCo according to Columbus coach Gregg Berhalter.