Following a mass confrontation that occurred during last weekend’s match between the Colorado Rapids and Minnesota United FC, the MLS Disciplinary Committee issued additional fines and punishments to both teams.
Both clubs and head coaches were fined undisclosed amounts for their respective violations of the league’s mass confrontation policy, the league announced Friday. The incident marked Minnesota United’s second violation of the season and Colorado’s third.
During the match, both Tommy Smith (foul and abusive language) and Harrison Heath (entering the field of play during a mass confrontation incident) were issued red cards. Minnesota goalkeeping coach John Pascarella also was ejected.
The Independent Panel — consisting of one representative each from the U.S. Soccer Federation and Canadian Soccer Association, as well as a representative nominated by the Professional Referee Organization — denied the Rapids’ appeal of Smith’s red card, which was issued in the 14th minute of stoppage time. Prior to the altercation between the two teams, Smith went over to the Minnesota bench area to celebrate in front of the opponents and fans.
Smith will serve his red-card suspension this weekend as Colorado travels to face the San Jose Earthquakes. Each MLS club is allowed two unsuccessful red card appeals per season, therefore, the Rapids have one appeal remaining for the final two games of the season.
Harrison Heath was handed an additional game suspension for his role in the confrontation and will miss the Loons’ next two matches against LA Galaxy and Columbus.
Pascarella has been issued an additional three-game suspension (four games total) and fined an undisclosed amount for aggressive behavior toward an opponent and for entering the field of play during a confrontational incident. He will serve his first two suspensions Oct. 21 against the LA Galaxy and Oct. 28 against Columbus, and his remaining two suspensions in Minnesota’s first two matches of the 2019 MLS regular season.
In addition to the actions above, the MLS disciplinary committee issued additional fines and punishments to the following players:
-Midfielder Marlon Hairston and defender Edgar Castillo, have each been fined an undisclosed amount for inciting or escalating the mass confrontation incident.
– Forward Yannick Boli has been suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount for entering the field of play during a confrontational incident. Boli will also miss this weekend’s match against the ‘Quakes.
-Midfielder Jack Price has each been fined an undisclosed amount after being found in violation of the league’s policy regarding hands to the face, head or neck of an opponent during the mass confrontation incident.
-Midfielder Miguel Ibarra has been fined an undisclosed amount for inciting or escalating the mass confrontation incident.
-Midfielder Maximiano has been fined an undisclosed amount for violating the bench behavior policy.
– Defender Brent Kallman, midfielder Darwin Quintero and forward Angelo Rodriguez, have each been fined an undisclosed amount after being found in violation of the league’s policy regarding hands to the face, head or neck of an opponent during the mass confrontation incident.