Major League Soccer has revealed its punishments for misconduct from Round One of the Playoffs.
In the latest release, the league has issued a number of fines from a couple of heated post-season match-ups.
Here is a roundup of all the updates…
The Portland Timbers’ 3-1 win over Minnesota United on Sunday was an intense affair, to say the least. Things really came to a head with Franco Fragapane’s frankly disgraceful tackle on Diego Chara in the final five minutes – the Argentine had both feet in the air with studs up, and went over the ball.
The Timbers were rightly furious that Fragapane was only shown a yellow card, but the two sets of players had already come to blows before the referee even went to his pocket.
Both clubs were found to be in violation of the league’s mass confrontation policy for a second time this season, meaning they have each been fined an undisclosed amount. Head coaches Giovanni Savarese and Adrian Heath have also been fined.
Fragapane and Loons midfielder Ozzy Alonso have been fined an undisclosed amount for their “actions in inciting and/or escalating a mass confrontation”.
Things fell apart very quickly for Atlanta United in the second half of their Round One match away at NYCFC, going 2-0 down shortly after half-time. Their misery was compounded in stoppage time as center-back Alan Franco was sent off for a second yellow card offense.
The Argentine will now miss the Five Stripes’ first match of the 2022 season. But his punishment didn’t end there, with MLS slapping him with a fine for failing to leave the pitch in a timely manner – Franco made his feelings known to referee Chris Penso before walking down the Yankee Stadium tunnel.