MLS will announce a two game ban and $500 fine for Cristian Nazirit as a result of what the MLS disciplinary commitee has deemed as a play that endangered the safety of his opponent in the 59th minute of the New England match this past weekend. Nazirit received a yellow card for an elbow/forearm thrown near the head of Revolution defender Franco Coria.
The two game suspension seems a bit harsh but MLS is apparently selectively cracking down on questionably rough play. After reviewing the play it seems to me that a fine would have been sufficient if the league felt that a yellow card wasn't enough punishment. One game may be too much and two is ridiculous for a play that wasn't extraordinarily dirty or blatant. Real Salt Lake forward/midfielder Jean Alexandre has also been suspended for one game after a tackle against DC defender Jed Zayner that did not even draw a yellow card during the match. Alexandre will miss the Fire game while Nazirit will miss RSL and the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.