Antonio Nocerino in Orlando City training gear
Courtesy of Orlando City SC

Disciplinary Committee suspends Nocerino, Olsen; panel rescinds Wahl ban

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Orlando City midfielder Antonio Nocerino and D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen and fined three players for actions taken during Week 7 of the 2016 season.

Additionally, an Independent Review Panel has rescinded the fine and suspension issued to Columbus Crew SC defender Tyson Wahl.

Nocerino enters field of play

Orlando midfielder Antonio Nocerino has been suspended for one game and fined for violating the league’s policy regarding entering the field of play, a violation that occurred during second half stoppage time of Orlando’s 2-2 draw against New England on Sunday. Nocerino will be suspended for the Lions’ match at the New York Red Bulls on Sunday (7:30pm ET, FS1).

Olsen enters field of play

The Disciplinary Committee suspended D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen for one game and fined him for violating the league’s policy regarding entering the field of play, an incident that occurred in the 80th minute of United’s 1-0 loss to Toronto FC on Saturday. Olsen will be suspended for D.C.’s home match against New England on Saturday (5:30pm ET, MLS LIVE).

Valeri fails to leave field in orderly manner, Imperiale escalates

The Disciplinary Committee has fined Portland midfielder Diego Valeri for failing to leave the field in an orderly manner after receiving a red card in second half stoppage time of the Timbers’ win against San Jose on Saturday. Earthquakes defender Andres Imperiale has also been issued a fine for “escalating the incident.”

Pappa makes contact with Grella’s head

Colorado Rapids midfielder Marco Pappa has been issued a fine for violating the league's policy regarding hands to the head of an opponent on an incident involving New York Red Bulls midfielder Mike Grella in the 36th minute of Colorado’s win against New York on Saturday.

 

Crew SC red card rescinded

Additionally, an Independent Review Panel rescinded the fine and one-game suspension that had been issued to Columbus Crew SC defender Tyson Wahl for denying a goalscoring opportunity in the 86th minute of their game on Saturday against New York City FC. The red card was issued to Michael Parkhurst, but Wahl was retroactively indentified as the player who committed the foul.

Columbus appealed that the play was a denial of a goalscoring opportunity, and the Independent Review Panel, which consists of one representative each from the U.S. Soccer Federation, the Canadian Soccer Association and the Professional Referees Organization, unanimously upheld the appeal.

Wahl is eligible to play when Columbus face the Houston Dynamo this weekend (Saturday, 7:30pm ET, MLS LIVE).

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