MLS Disciplinary Committee comes down on Week 2 Mansally head butt and SKC mass confrontation
After a quiet opening week, the MLS Disciplinary Committee on Thursday issued a suspension, fines and a warning for incidents that occurred during the Week 2 slate of matches.
Real Salt Lake left back Abdoulie Mansally was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount "for violent conduct" when he "used his head to strike D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen" in the 61st minute (video here). The altercation followed a foul by Mansally on D.C.'s Chris Pontius after which the defender received a caution for bringing the game into disrepute.
Mansally will miss this weekend's Rivalry Week clash against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday (6 p.m. ET, MLS LIVE).
WATCH: Mansally-Kitchen incident
His teammate, RSL forward Álvaro Saborío, was also fined an undisclosed amount "for aggravated dissent toward the referee" in the 93rd minute of the same match at RFK Stadium (video here).
MANSALLY: Head butt was in self defense
Lastly, Sporting Kansas City were issued an official warning by the Disciplinary Committee "for a violation of the League's mass confrontation policy" in the 95th minute in their 2-1 loss against Toronto FC at Rogers Centre (video here).
According to the formal release issued by the league, "future violations of this policy by Sporting Kansas City will result in fines for the club and head coach."
Mass confrontation is one of three new issues being cracked down on by the MLS Disciplinary Committee in 2013.