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Montreal’s Ignacio Piatti, Orlando City’s Dom Dwyer hit with fines after contentious match

Montreal Impact defender Zakaria Diallo (5) is issued a red card during the second half of a MLS soccer game against the Orlando City at Orlando City Stadium. (Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports)

Orlando City’s 3-1 defeat a the hands of the Montreal Impact ended with a scuffle in second half stoppage time, and the MLS Disciplinary on Friday announced both teams were in violation of the league’s  mass confrontation policy. 

The scuffle between the two sides broke out in the fifth minute of second half stoppage time, and Montreal’s Zakaria Diallo was sent off with a straight red card for violent conduct after he put his hand on striker Dom Dwyer’s neck/head area. Video of the incident shows Dwyer walking to Diallo and the two exchanging words before Diallo put his hand on Dwyer. 

Both sides were issued warnings for their first violations and Dwyer was issued an undisclosed fine for “instigating and escalating a mass confrontation in the 90+ minute of the match.” 

Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti was found guilty of simulation/embellishment during first half stoppage time and was issued an undisclosed fine. 

After the match, Orlando City midfielder Sacha Kljestan said he was unsure why the match between the two sides was so contentious. 

“You know, a couple of hard fouls here and there,” Kljestan said. “You know, things just get that way sometimes.”

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