NEW YORK - The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee today suspended Chicago Fire forward Andy Herron for six (6) games without pay for his actions that led to his red card in Chicago's 1-0 Eastern Conference Championship loss to New England Revolution on November 6, 2005. The MLS Players Union has the right to appeal the suspension.
Herron's suspension was imposed for unacceptable physical contact with the Referee Terry Vaughn and Assistant Referee George Gansner that led to his being sent off in stoppage time of the second half. Herron's actions in returning to the field of play after the end of the game also factored into the suspension. Herron is suspended for his first six (6) 2006 MLS Regular Season games.
Under the terms of the CBA, the Players Union may submit an appeal to the Commissioner for any discipline imposed as a result of an on-field incident resulting in a fine $750 or higher and/or a suspension of two or more games. Upon receipt of the appeal, the Commissioner will designate a time and a place for a hearing to be held as soon as practicable following receipt by the League of the Union's notice of appeal. A suspension shall not be stayed pending appeal.