Mike Petke suspended, fined for on-field misconduct, criticism of officials

Mike Petke - side view

Following his ejection and widely-circulated postgame criticism of match officials on Saturday, Real Salt Lake head coach Mike Petke has been suspended an additional game and fined $10,000 by MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

The extra game suspension was for on-field conduct during the match against Minnesota, on top of the automatic one-game suspension as a result of being ejected for the game. The fine was issued for the use of abusive and profane language directed at officials and uncontrollable behavior when he was ejected from the game and for public criticism of officials during a postgame press conference.

This was the third disciplinary action against Petke in total, twice for public criticism of officials and once for improperly interacting with game officials.

Petke will serve his suspensions during RSL’s matches on July 21 against the Colorado Rapids and on July 28 against the San Jose Earthquakes.  

Additionally, Real Salt Lake have been issued a $10,000 fine for social media posts from the club’s official Twitter handle that endorsed and amplified Petke’s comments.