CONCACAF Champions League: Tijuana coach, defender Hernan Pellerano suspended after fracas
Club Tijuana faced the music from CONCACAF on Thursday for their role in a postgame fracas with Cruz Azul after the second leg of the two teams' CONCACAF Champions League semifinal, with the team being fined and coach César Farías and defender Hernán Pellerano receiving suspensions.
The altercation occurred after Cruz Azul topped Xolos, 2-0, at home on April 9 to advance to the tournament final, 2-1 on aggregate.
Pellerano was handed a five-game ban on top of an automatic one-game suspension he received for his red card at the the end of the altercation, for spitting at Cruz Azul goalkeeper Jesús Corona. Corona was issued a three-game ban for his role in the fracas.
Farías was suspended for two matches for "his incendiary role in the post-match skirmish," according to a release from CONCACAF. The fine was levied for Tijuana breaching CCL Team Media Guidelines, specifically players' refusal to attent postgame media opportunities.
As Tijuana were eliminated from the tournament, the bans will apply to any future CONCACAF Champions League matches Pellerano or Farías participate in, for any team.