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Cristian Roldan fined after controversial red by MLS Disciplinary Committee

And Philadelphia’s Kai Wagner got an extra game ban for a nasty tackle.

Apr 28, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Referee Ted Unkel gives a red card to Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Cristian Roldan (left)) after a foul against Los Angeles FC midfielder Eduard Atuesta (20) during the first half at CenturyLink Field. (Jennifer Buchanan/USA TODAY Sports)

 The MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued a pair of fines and a ban after reviewing last weekend’s action.

The decision that may rile up fans the most is the undisclosed fine to Cristian Roldan, who failed “to leave the field in a timely manner following his red card,” according to the Disciplinary Committee.

Roldan was issued a red card for making contact with Eduard Atuesta’s face after Roldan himself had been shoved by another player. Roldan protested on the field, delaying his exit, and he later called the incident an accident, telling reporters: “I get pushed, I defend myself and push him back. I get pushed again by another guy, my hands go up in the air. Completely accidental.” 

Sounders fans were quick to criticize the red card as adhering to the letter of the law but not the spirit. But MLS has traditionally ignored the severity of contact or whether it was designed to intentionally harm someone in the decision to issue a red card.

Meanwhile, another team that will be missing a player next week is the Philadelphia Union.

Union defender Kai Wagner will now be suspended for an extra game on top of the red card he received for a studs up challenge last weekend. He will miss Wednesday’s outing vs. FC Cincinnati and a May 4 game at San Jose.

And Orlando City‘s Nani was fined an undisclosed amount for embellishment after the Disciplinary Committee judged him to have gone down in the box in hopes of earning a penalty kick at New York City FC.




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