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Six players fined after Week 24, red card to Chicago's Gaitan rescinded

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued fines to six players and a pair of coaches and teams following Week 24 of the 2019 MLS regular season. Additionally, the Independent Review Panel has ruled on one red card appeal following Week 24.

Montreal-Dallas mass confrontation

The Disciplinary Committee has found the Montreal Impact and FC Dallas in violation of the league's mass confrontation policy. The incident in question took place in the second-half stoppage time of the two teams' match on Aug. 17. It is both teams' second violation of the season. As a result, both organizations have been fined undisclosed amounts, as have Montreal head coach Remi Garde and Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez. Additionally, Dallas forward Dominique Badji and Zdenek Ondrasek have each been fined an undisclosed amount for their roles in escalating a mass confrontation.

Camacho hands to face/head/neck

The Disciplinary Committee has found Montreal defender Rudy Camacho in violation of the league's policy regarding hands to the face, head or neck of an opponent. The incident took place in second-half stoppage time of the Impact's game against FC Dallas on Aug. 17 and as a result, Camacho has been fined an undisclosed amount for his actions.

Moralez simulation/embellishent

The Disciplinary Committee has found New York City FC midfielder Maxi Moralez guilty of simulation/embellishment. The incident took place in the 25th minute of NYCFC's match against FC Cincinnati on Aug. 17 and as a result, Moralez has been fined an undisclosed amount for his actions.

Espinoza simulation/embellishment

The Disciplinary Committee has found Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza guilty of simulation/embellishment. The incident took place in the 60th minute of SKC's match against the San Jose Earthquakes on Aug. 17 and as a result, Espinoza has been fined an undisclosed amount for his actions.

Rossi simulation/embellishment

The Disciplinary Committee has found LAFC forward Diego Rossi guilty of simulation/embellishment. The incident took place in the 30th minute of LAFC's match against Real Salt Lake on Aug. 17 and as a result, Rossi has been fined an undisclosed amount for his actions.

Gaitan red card appeal

The Independent Review Panel, consisting of one representative each from the U.S. Soccer Federation and Canadian Soccer Association plus an independent representative nominated by the Professional Referee Organization, has unanimously rescinded the one-game suspension and accompanying fine for the red card Chicago Fire midfielder Nico Gaitan received in first-half stoppage time of the Fire's match against the Philadelphi Union on Aug. 17. As a result of Chicago’s appeal, Gaitan is eligible to play in the Fire’s next regular season game on Aug. 24 against the New England Revolution.

Each club is entitled to two unsuccessful appeals per season, including the MLS Cup Playoffs. Since Chicago’s appeal was successful, the club maintains its two unsuccessful appeals for any future dismissals in the 2019 season.


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