Major League Soccer on Thursday handed down fines and suspensions out of last weekend's Chivas USA-Philadelphia Union clash, and Robin Fraser got dinged.
Chivas' head coach was fined $500 and the organization penalized $2,500 following an 85th-minute incident in Saturday's game at Home Depot Center, but the Union were hit much harder.
It centered on former Cal State Fullerton star Gabriel Farfan's two-footed lunge at Chivas left back James Riley in front of Philadelphia's bench during the Union's 1-0 victory. Farfan was red-carded for the play, leaving Philly down to nine men for the final five minutes plus stoppage.
Fraser left the coaches box and crossed the midfield line, while still on the sideline, the moment Farfan slid into Riley. He was penalized for doing so, and Chivas was fined “for the behavior of its players and team staff,” MLS said in a release.
Philadelphia head coach Peter Nowak was suspended two games in all and fined $5,000 for his role in the incident. The former U.S. under-23 coach stepped onto the field almost immediately after the foul, doing so as referee Juan Guzman trotted toward the sideline while reaching into his back pocket for the red card to show Farfan. Nowak entered the scrum of players that gathered around Farfan and appeared to shove Chivas defender Rauwshan McKenzie.
Nowak was ejected from the game at that point, which was accompanied by a one-game suspension. MLS added the second game Thursday and fined the Union an additional $5,000 for its players' and staff's behavior.