Brazilian midfielder Gregore will remain suspended for Inter Miami’s upcoming match against Orlando City on Friday at DRV PNK Stadium after the Independent Review panel denied their appeal against his dismissal against D.C. United during week eight of the 2021 MLS season.
Major League Soccer announced the decision on Wednesday after a thorough review by the Independent Review Panel that consists of one representative from the Canadian Soccer Association, the U.S. Soccer Federation and an “independent representative” nominated by the Professional Referee Organization.
The full statement read: “The Independent Review Panel, consisting of one representative from the U.S. Soccer Federation, one representative from the Canadian Soccer Association, and one independent representative nominated by the Professional Referee Organization, has denied Inter Miami CF’s appeal of the red card issued to midfielder Gregore in the 56th minute of Miami’s match against D.C. United on June 19.
“As a result of the denied appeal, Gregore is not eligible to play in Miami’s next regular season game on Friday, June 25, against Orlando City SC as he serves a one-match suspension for the red card.
"Each club is entitled to two unsuccessful appeals per season, including the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. Since Miami’s appeal was unsuccessful, the club has one unsuccessful appeal remaining for any future dismissals in the 2021 season.”
The incident took place in the 55th minute in the match against D.C. United when Gregore earned his second yellow card for hip-checking Kevin Paredes near the sidelines. Matters worsened following the incident as he failed to leave the field in a timely manner. The MLS Disciplinary Committee then found Gregore guilty of his actions after the second yellow, issuing the midfielder an undisclosed fine.
That match saw Inter Miami in further trouble as defender Ryan Shawcross was immediately expelled from the pitch following an intense tackle on Jose Mora in the 84th minute.