MLS Commissioner suspends Montreal's Marco Schallibaum and rescinds ban for D.C. United's Ben Olsen
Managers Ben Olsen and Marco Schallibaum may have been dismissed at the same time during Saturday night's Montreal-DC match, but the resulting discipline for their actions turned out to be very different.
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On Friday MLS Commissioner Don Garber rescinded Olsen's automatic one-game suspension and fine, while handing Schallibaum an additional game and extra $5,000 fine on top of the automatic one-game ban "for his repeated misbehavior."
Saturday's sending-off wasn't the first infraction committed by Schallibaum, who's in his first year in MLS. The Swiss manager has been sent off in a total of three matches in 2013 and was also suspended for entering the field of play against the Colorado Rapids.
Olsen and Schallibaum engaged in their heated confrontation following a hard aerial challenge between DC's James Riley and Montreal's Justin Mapp, which sent the latter clattering into the midfield camera. Referee Ismail Elfath issued a yellow card to Riley and dismissed both Olsen and Schallibaum.
A third coach was also sanctioned on Thursday with the MLS Disciplinary Committee fining Chicago Fire assistant Leo Percovich an additional $500 "for his improper sideline behavior" in an altercation with Revolution forward Saer Sene that led to his dismissal in Saturday's New England-Chicago match. Because of his dismissal, Percovich was fined a total of $1,000 and will serve an automatic one-game suspension on Friday against Sporting Kansas City.