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Chicago Fire warned, Raheem Edwards fined for mass confrontation against New England

Sep 22, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Chicago Fire midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (31) holds his face after an injury during the second half against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Raheem Edwards received a fine and the Chicago Fire as a whole received a warning for a mass confrontation incident during the Sept. 22 draw with the New England Revolution.

The incident in question happened in the 88th minute of the match. On the play, Bastian Schweinsteiger was on the ball, but went down due to an injury.

Schweinsteiger had received an incidental elbow to the jaw earlier in the second half. He played through the injury at first, but he went down when he had the ball in the 88th minute. The Revs played on. The ensuing attack was stopped in the Fire’s penalty box.

The Fire, especially Edwards, reacted to the Revolution playing on. They confronted both Revs players and the official.

The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced the decisions on Thursday.

Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez has talked about how it is club policy to not comment on officiating or confront officials during matches. Last November he raved about how the club had adhered to that.

“To my knowledge, we’re the only club in two years who has not made any public commentary on officials and officiating decisions,” Rodriguez said then. “We have never been warned or sanctioned for mass confrontation and we continue to work hard to ensure that we don’t engage in the dark arts.”

The warning received from the match at New England ends this streak.

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