By Michael Lewis
The National Independent Soccer Association said Saturday that it will review on Monday the Emmanuele Sembroni stomping incident during the Cosmos’ 3-1 win over New Amsterdam FC.
Sembroni was red carded in the 57th minute after he kicked the head of fallen midfielder Daniel Vicente at the Hudson Sports Complex in Warwick, N.Y. Friday night.
In a statement issued on Twitter, NISA said:
“We are aware of the on-field incident made by Emmanuele Sembroni of the New York Cosmos which resulted in a straight red card in last night’s match against New Amsterdam FC. As part of the disciplinary process, a formal review will be conducted by NISA’s Disciplinary Committee on Monday following all weekend matches.”
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.
The veteran center back’s red card forced the Cosmos to play with 10 men the final 33 minutes of regulation and about six minutes of added time.
UNACCEPTABLE & DISGUSTING behavior by @NYCosmos #4 Sembroni.
He should NOT play anymore for this team or this league ever. @NISALeague. Hang your cleats. pic.twitter.com/OmbdhsUCNt
— Javier Vispo (@JaviVispo) August 21, 2020
Sembroni received no support from the Cosmos front office
In fact, Cosmos Chief Operating Officer Erik Stover Friday night apologized for the incident for a team via a statement on Twitter:
“The stomping incident by Emmanuele Sembroni in tonight’s match is not consistent with the values of this club,” Stover said in a statement. “We would like to apologize to New Amsterdam and Danny Vicente, 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 will miss next Saturday’s home game against Detroit City FC.
After he was red carded, it did not appear that Sembroni expressed any remorse for the incident. He walked off the field and drank a bottle of water.
Sembroni turned down a request for an interview, saying he was “taking a few days off to reset and restart.”