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MLS disciplinary roundup: Earthquakes and NE Revs players hit with fines

Chris Smith
It took Nathan just nine appearances to receive his first red card as a San Jose player.
It took Nathan just nine appearances to receive his first red card as a San Jose player. / Celso Onofre/ISI Photos/Getty Images
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Major League Soccer has revealed its latest punishments for misconduct in recent gameweeks.

In the latest release, the league has issued two fines for failing to leave the field in a timely manner.

Here is a roundup of all the updates...

San Jose Earthquakes defender Nathan fined for red card vs Minnesota United

Brazilian defender Nathan has added brilliant organisation and stability to the Quakes' backline since joining from FC Zurich in June.

But during last week's 1-1 draw with Minnesota United, the 26-year-old was sent off for a rash challenge on Loons defender Bakaye Dibassy, going in high in a bid to recover from a heavy touch.

VAR eventually confirmed referee Victor Rivas' call, though Nathan remained on the field to plead his innocence.

As per MLS league rules, this has landed Nathan with a fine of an undisclosed amount.

New England Revolution's Arnor Ingvi Traustason also hit with a fine

New England Revolution forward Arnor Ingvi Traustason was also slapped with an undisclosed fine for failing to leave the field in a timely manner after his sending off against DC United.

With the Revs 2-1 up in an eventual 3-2 win, Traustason - who had already been booked in the first half - hacked down Yamil Asad as the Argentine surged forward on the counter-attack.

Given how open New England's defence was, coupled with Asad's momentum, this clearly could have been a good opportunity for DC and referee Ted Unkel saw fit to pull out another yellow card.

Traustason was less than impressed with the call and looked in no hurry to leave the field.

Both Nathan and Traustason missed their side's subsequent matches over the weekend, with the Quakes beating California rivals LA Galaxy 2-1, while Eastern Conference leaders New England thrashed FC Cincinnati 4-1 at Gillette Stadium.

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