MIAMI — The Red Bulls won’t see Chivas defender Jair Pereira in the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series.
Pereira was suspended for two CCL matches for an infraction that occurred in Chivas’s 1-0 home win over the Red Bulls in the first leg Wednesday night, the CONCACAF disciplinary committee ruled.
The second leg is set for Red Bull Arena Tuesday night.
The committee reviewed an incident that took place in the 84th minute. Pereira was observed to commit an act of physical aggression against an opponent — grabbing the throat of Red Bulls midfielder Sean Davis — while the ball was not in play.
The committee determined that Pereira violated articles IV par. B.10 and art. VII par. A.2 of the competition regulations, and art. 48 par. 1.d), 77 par. a) and 96 par. 3 of the FIFA disciplinary code regarding physical aggression. A suspension of two matches was imposed on Pereira in accordance with the competition regulations and the FIFA disciplinary code.
That means if Chivas reaches the final series, Pereira would have to sit out the first leg.