Major League Soccer

MLS disciplinary roundup: Jayden Nelson suspended & 2 fines handed out

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Nelson has receieved a one-match ban.
Nelson has receieved a one-match ban. / SOPA Images/GettyImages
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The latest round of decisions from the MLS Disciplinary Committee are in, with some fines and suspensions handed out:

1. Jayden Nelson suspended for one match & fined

Jayden Nelson's tackle on Kai Wagner in Toronto FC's 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union last weekend was a shocker. It was high, his studs were up, and he got nowhere near the ball. The only surprise was that referee Alex Chilowicz only showed a yellow card.

The powers that be at Major League Soccer have seen sense though, handing Nelson a one-match ban and an undisclosed fine for 'serious foul play'.

"The play was reviewed under MLS Disciplinary Committee Parameter 3, where the match officials see an incident, and do not issue a red card on a case of clear and obvious simulation/embellishment that meets the conditions for suspension," read an official MLS release.

"Under Parameter 3, the MLS Disciplinary Committee shall issue either a one-match suspension on incidents in which the Professional Referee Organization acknowledges an on-field Referee/Video Assistant Referee (VAR) error and the Committee is unanimous at red card and one-match suspension and action taken; or the MLS Disciplinary Committee shall issue a two or more match suspension on incidents in which discipline warrants at least a two-match suspension.

"The incident in question must be, in the unanimous opinion of the Committee from all available evidence: a clear and unequivocal red card; and egregious or repeat behavior in nature, and/or such that the MLS Disciplinary Committee must act to protect player safety or the integrity of the game; and/or clear and obvious simulation.

"Nelson will serve his one-match suspension on April 24 against New York City FC."

2. Teenage Hadebe suspension compounded with fine

Teenage Hadebe was sent off for a second yellow card offense during the Houston Dynamo's 0-0 draw with the Portland Timbers, pushing Yimmi Chara to the floor and denying him a run at goal.

The center-back clearly disagreed with the decision and stayed on the pitch for almost two minutes afterward to make his case to referee Rosendo Mendoza.

That wasn't the best course of action for Hadebe who has picked up an undisclosed fine on top of the suspension he must serve.

3. Ola Kamara fined after polarizing first half vs Austin FC

Ola Kamara
Kamara had an eventful first half against Austin FC. / Scott Taetsch/GettyImages

As first halves go, Ola Kamara had an eventful one during DC United's 3-2 loss at home to Austin FC.

Last season's Golden Boot runner-up scored twice and picked up two yellow cards to get himself sent off, all before the referee had even blown for the break.

His first yellow was picked up for removing his shirt following the opening goal, while his second was for a clumsy challenge on Sebastian Driussi on his own endline. Kamara has since been fined for staying on the pitch a little too long to plead his case following the second yellow.

DC United were 2-0 up at the time of Kamara's red card, but collapsed in the final 10 minutes to lose 3-2. A pretty costly error from the striker.

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