It was only a matter of time before Nelson Rivas received a decision from the MLS Disciplinary Committee on his headbutt of the Philadelphia Union's Antoine Hoppenot, and as expected, the Montreal Impact defender faced some harsh punishment.
Rivas was suspended for two additional games, on top of the automatic one-game suspension that accompanies his red card, MLS announced Thursday. Rivas was issued the ejection on Saturday, when he headbutted Hoppenot. The Union's Jack McInerney also saw red when he retaliated on Hoppenot's behalf, but McInerney will see no further suspension. The Disciplinary Committee also fined Rivas an undisclosed amount.
Also fined on Thursday was San Jose Earthquakes striker and MLS leading scorer Chris Wondolowski. The Disciplinary Committee issued him the fine in response to his criticism of officiating following the Earthquakes' 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps on July 22.
The fines will be donated to the charity partners of MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the MLS Players Union.
What do you think of these developments? Was an additional two-game suspension fair for Rivas? Should the Disciplinary Committee have fined Wondolowski for his comments on officiating?
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