New England Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones has been suspended for six matches and fined an undisclosed amount for his conduct toward a match official in the 92nd minute of New England’s MLS Cup Playoff match against D.C. United on October 28, 2015.
Jones was issued a yellow card for dissent in the 92nd minute. The midfielder made contact with the match official and was shown a red card, which carries an automatic one-game suspension. Jones will miss his first six MLS regular season matches in 2016 and, per MLS and U.S. Soccer policy, is ineligible to play in any soccer competition while serving the suspension (VIDEO).
On December 8 the MLS Players Union appealed the decision on behalf of Jones. MLS Commissioner Don Garber heard the appeal and upheld the six-game suspension.
In addition, Sporting Kansas City forward Krisztian Nemeth has been suspended for one regular season match and fined an undisclosed amount for violent conduct endangering the safety of an opponent in the 74th minute of Kansas City’s match against the Portland Timbers on October 29, 2015 (VIDEO). Nemeth will miss his first MLS regular season match in 2016.
FC Dallas midfielder Michael Barrios has been fined an undisclosed amount for violating the League’s policy regarding Hands to the Face/Head/Neck of an Opponent in the 67th minute of Dallas’ match versus Portland on November 29, 2015 (VIDEO).
Both Columbus Crew SC and the New York Red Bulls were found to be in violation of the Mass Confrontation Policy following an incident in the 27th minute of their match on November 29, 2015. Both Columbus Crew SC midfielder Tony Tchani and New York Red Bulls forward Mike Grella have been fined an undisclosed amount for escalating the incident (VIDEO).
2015 MLS DISCIPLINARY DECISIONS:
Week 31: Houston's Davis, Rapids' Sarvas fined for escalating
Week 30: Vancouver's Waston, Fire's Cyrus fined for hands to the face/neck
Week 29: TFC's Kantari suspended, Nguyen and Waston among players fined
Week 28: Mateos, Barrera, Thompson, Barrios issued fines
Week 27: Whitecaps' Rivero fined for embellishment
Week 26: Union's Maidana suspended additional game, TFC's Warner and Impact's Cabrera suspended
Week 25: Timbers' Chara gets additional game for violent conduct
Week 24: Orlando's Ceren given one-game suspension
Week 23: Red Bulls' Perrinelle suspended two games
Week 22: SKC's Espinoza, Fire's Watson suspended; Dwyer, Kamara fined
Week 20: Vancouver's Techera suspended, Heath, Thomás, Concina fined
Week 19: TFC's Konopka suspended, two players fined for embellishment
Week 17: Quakes' Stewart suspended one game
Week 16: Toronto FC's Perquis, Vancouver's Waston both fined
Week 13: Sounders' Alonso, D.C.'s Rolfe both suspended for violent conduct
Week 12: Sounders asst. equipment manager suspended and fined for entering field
Week 11: RBNY's Marsch fined for violating policy on entering field / leaving bench
Week 10: Klopas suspended one game, Red Bulls and NYCFC violate Mass Confrontation Policy
Week 9: Jones, Abang fined as New England, New York, Vancouver found in violation of Mass Confrontation Policy
Week 8: Watson, Stertzer, Carrasco suspended and fined, Perquis fined
Week 7: Marshall, Sarvas suspended, Davies warned | Saunders suspended
Week 6: Revs, Crew SC warned for mass confrontation
Week 5: Emeghara suspended, Quakes warned
Week 4: Fred, Moore suspended and fined
Week 3: Pfeffer, Manneh suspended | Rodriguez suspended, fined
Week 2: Bekker fined, Sporting KC assistant suspended, fined
Week 1: Riley, Tchani, two staffers suspended; three others fined