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Nowak suspended, fined for incident at Chivas USA

Philadelphia Union head coach Peter Nowak left his team's technical area after his club's second red card of the game in last weekend's 1-0 win over Chivas USA.

And it turns out he's not going to return any time soon.

Nowak has been suspended an additional game and fined $5,000 for leaving his team’s technical area, entering the field of play and initiating contact with an opposing player, the league announced Thursday in a decision made by Commisioner Don Garber.

Nowak was already due to serve a one-game suspension and pay a fine for being dismissed from the sideline by the match official. He will serve the first game of his suspension April 28 when the Union host the San Jose Earthquakes, and the additional game suspension issued by the Commissioner on May 5 when the Union travel to face Seattle.

Under the terms of his suspension, Nowak is not permitted to enter the stadium tunnel area, locker room or field level until after conclusion of the game, at which point he may enter the locker room. He's also not allowed to sit in the press box or grandstands, or have any kind of communication with his team during the game.

Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser will also be forced to pay a fine for leaving the technical area and crossing midfield. Fraser, whose fine was set at $500, was not red-carded and does not have to serve a suspension.

In addition, both clubs have been fined for the behavior of their players and staff. The Union will have to cough up $5,000, while Chivas USA will pay $2,500.

Fines collected will be donated to the charitable partners of MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the MLS Players Union.

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