By Michael Lewis
Emmanuele Sembroni isn’t only in hot water with the league and New Amsterdam FC. Add the Cosmos to the list.
His team is upset with his conduct when he earned a red card in the Cosmos’ 3-1 National Independent Soccer Association victory in Warwick, N.Y. Friday night.
The veteran defender stomped on the head of New Amsterdam FC’s Daniel Vicente while he was on the ground and was red carded in the 57th minute, forcing the Cosmos to play with 10 men the rest of the way.
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Vicente, who scored New Amsterdam’s goal, was worked on by a New Amsterdam official for three minutes before he was taken off the Hudson Sports Complex field on a golf cart.
Emmanuele Sembroni will miss at least one Cosmos game. (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)
“The stomping incident by Emmanuele Sembroni in tonight’s match is not consistent with the values of this club,” Cosmos Chief Operating Officer Erik Stover said in a statement. “We would like to apologize to New Amsterdam and DannyVicente,and wish Danny a speedy recovery.
“NISA has a process for managing on the field incidents, and we have been notified a review will be conducted. The Cosmos will not appeal the decision made by the NISA disciplinary committee.”
Sembroni faces at least a one-game suspension for the incident, which means he probably will miss next Saturday’s home game against Detroit City FC.
After he was red carded, it did not seem Sembroni expressed any remorse for the incident. He walked off the field and drank a bottle of water.