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Orlando City’s Dom Dwyer suspended one additional game by MLS Disciplinary Committee

Dwyer will now sit out two games total for violent conduct after elbowing the Columbus Crew’s Josh Williams in the head.

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Orlando City forward Dom Dwyer one additional game and issued an additional fine for violent conduct during the Lions’ match against the Columbus Crew last Saturday.

Dwyer received a red card, which carries an automatic one-game suspension, during stoppage time of that match after he elbowed Columbus Crew defender Josh Williams in the head. The hit gave Williams a concussion, which caused him to miss the Crew’s game Wednesday against the Chicago Fire.

Dwyer was also fined another undisclosed amount for failure to leave the field in a timely manner. After he received the red card, Dwyer slowly walked the length of the pitch instead of exiting the field. This incited Crew players, who rushed after him in an attempt to hurry his exit off the field. The officiating team had to intervene to prevent further escalation. 

Dwyer served his one-game suspension for the red card when Orlando City played the Portland Timbers to a 1-1 draw Thursday. He now will sit out the Lions’ home game Sunday against the New York Red Bulls before returning for a July 27 road trip to New England.

Dwyer was not the only Orlando player fined. Forward Benji Michel, who scored the winning goal over Columbus, was found guilty of simulation/embellishment for a play in the 33rd minute and fined an undisclosed amount.

 

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