An independent review panel spared one player this week while another saw a dangerous tackle punished with a suspension by the MLS Disciplinary Committee.
Columbus midfielder Bernardo Añor saw red against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday after kicking the ball at a fallen Chris Duvall (watch the play here) in the 85th minute of the Crew's 4-1 defeat. Referee Ted Unkel deemed it worthy of an ejection, but Añor submitted an appeal via the MLS Players Union, which was upheld upon independent review. As such, the left back will be eligible to play against the Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday (7:30 pm ET, MLS LIVE).
The panel that upheld Añor's suspension consists of one representative each from the U.S. Soccer Federation, Canadian Soccer Association, and Professional Referees Organization (PRO).
Rapids defender Shane O’Neill, meanwhile, wasn't so fortunate. Despite receiving a yellow card for his tackle on the Union's Danny Cruz on Saturday, a late lunge that caught the midfielder's leg (watch the play here), the Disciplinary Commitee suspended O'Neill for one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for serious foul play which endangered the safety of an opponent. He will miss Colorado's visit to Portland on Friday (11 pm ET, NBCSN).
2014 MLS DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE DECISIONS
Week 18: Rapids' O'Neill suspended for tackle on Cruz
Week 17: New York defender Armando, Colorado forward Sánchez suspended two games each
Week 17: Revs midfielder Lee Nguyen suspended for stomp on RSL's John Stertzer
Week 16: FC Dallas winger Fabian Castillo suspended four matches
Week 15: D.C. United's Fabian Espindola suspended, FC Dallas' Josema Bazan suspended, Portland Timbers' Maximiliano Urruti fined
Week 14: Colorado Rapids' Dillon Serna suspended, fines handed out to Chicago Fire, Seattle Sounders
Week 13: Fines issued to Montreal Impact's Hassoun Camara for simulation, Sporting KC's Igor Julião for hands to the face and Vancouver's Sebastian Fernandez for embellishment
Week 12: Vancouver Whitecaps, Seattle Sounders warned for violating mass confrontation policy, Vancouver Whitecaps' Pedro Morales and Seattle Sounders' Chad Barrett fined
Week 11: D.C. United's Eddie Johnson, Portland Timbers' Alvas Powell suspended
Week 10: San Jose's Víctor Bernárdez suspended
Week 9: LA Galaxy's Rob Friend fined for embellishment
Week 8: D.C.'s Eddie Johnson fined for hands to the face; Vancouver's Paolo Tornaghi suspended for entering field
Week 7: Crew's Bernardo Añor fined for mass confrontation, Chivas USA's Wilmer Cabrera fined
Week 6: Crew's Giancarlo Gonzalez fined for embellishment
Week 5: D.C.'s Lewis Neal suspended, Revolution's Jay Heaps is fined
Week 4: Toronto's Steven Caldwell suspended; Colorado's Drew Moor fined
Week 3: Toronto's Jackson and Portland's Donovan Ricketts are suspended
Week 2: Seattle's Clint Dempsey, two other players suspended
Week 1: D.C.'s Luis Silva fined for simulation