Union Trainer Fined, Receives Extra Game Suspension for “Exhibiting Physical and Aggressive Behavior”

from FS1 broadcast

The Union beat NYC FC 2-1 on Sunday night, which featured the ejection of trainer Paul Rushing following an on-field kerfuffle.

It was a rather innocuous incident, with Rushing pushing away a New York player who touched/grabbed a Union player who was receiving treatment on the field. Following a second shove, more players got involved and the whole thing devolved in a “hold me back” type of “dust up,” as Jack Del Rio would say.

The video:

Not a huge deal. Let the trainer do his thing. Paul also probably didn’t need to do the second shove, but whatever.

MLS followed up this week with a disciplinary report that basically just encapsulates the entire second half of the game:

NEW YORK (Tuesday, June 28, 2022) – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has fined Philadelphia Union midfielder José Martínez an undisclosed amount for making an inappropriate gesture after Philadelphia’s match against New York City FC on Sunday, June 26.New York City FC and the Philadelphia Union have been found in violation of the Mass Confrontation Policy during the 77th minute of their match on Sunday, June 26. Philadelphia has violated the mass confrontation policy for a second time this season, and the organization and head coach Jim Curtin have been fined an undisclosed amount for their actions. NYCFC has violated the mass confrontation policy for a second time this season, and the organization has been fined an undisclosed amount for their actions. Head Coach Nick Cushing has been issued an Official Warning for his first violation of the season.Due to their role in the mass confrontation, NYCFC midfielder Nicolás Acevedo, and Philadelphia Union midfielders José Martínez and Daniel Gazdag have been fined an undisclosed amount for inciting and/or escalating a mass confrontation.The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Philadelphia Union Head Athletic Trainer Paul Rushing for one additional match (two matches total) and fined Rushing an undisclosed amount for exhibiting physical and aggressive behavior toward opposition player(s) in the 77th minute of Philadelphia’s match against New York City FC on Sunday, June 26.The play was reviewed under Disciplinary Committee Parameter 2, in which the MLS Disciplinary Committee may act where the officials see an incident and issue a red card. The Disciplinary Committee may review the play for further disciplinary action, over and above the mandatory suspension and fine. Under Parameter 2, supplemental discipline (suspension and/or fine) will be administered if the Disciplinary Committee believes the offense is egregious in nature, and/or it must act to protect player safety, and/or it must protect the integrity of the game, and/or the player is guilty of repeat behavior.Rushing will serve his red card suspension during Philadelphia’s match on June 29 against Chicago Fire FC. The athletic trainer will serve the additional match suspension during Philadelphia’s match on July 3 against the Columbus Crew.

Hilarious. Also, if you missed the Martinez thing, he pulled a Richard Harkaway and flipped visiting NYC fans the double birds on the way out:

If that’s your photo, gimme a shout and I’ll update the credit. (EDIT – photo credit here to Trey Madara)

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