New York City FC discovered Tuesday that it will be without its leading goal-scorer, Taty Castellanos, for its match at the Chicago Fire Wednesday night.
The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced Tuesday that it had issued a one-match suspension and a fine for an undisclosed amount to Castellanos for serious foul play in the 37th minute of the team’s 1-0 home loss to the Red Bulls Saturday night ((VIDEO).
The play was reviewed under disciplinary committee Parameter 3, where the match officials see an incident, and do not issue a red card. Under Parameter 3, the MLS Disciplinary Committee shall issue either a one-match suspension on incidents in which the Professional Referee Organization acknowledges an on-field Referee/Video Assistant Referee (VAR) error and the Committee is unanimous at red card and one match or the MLS Disciplinary Committee shall issue a two or more match suspension on incidents in which discipline warrants at least a two-match suspension.
The incident in question must be, in the unanimous opinion of the Committee from all available evidence: a clear and unequivocal red card; and egregious or repeat behavior in nature, and/or such that the MLS Disciplinary Committee must act to protect player safety or the integrity of the game; and/or clear and obvious simulation/embellishment.
In other disciplinary committee rulings:
* It found Red Bulls forward Patryk Klimala guilty of simulation/embellishment in the 15th minute (VIDEO) and defender Sean Nealis guilty of simulation/embellishment in the 74th minute ((VIDEO) of their match against NYCFC Saturday night. They were fined an undisclosed amount for his actions.
* It suspended FC Cincinnati forward Isaac Atanga for one additional match (two matches total) and fined the player an undisclosed amount for contact to the neck/throat of NYCFC defender Alexander Callens in the 90+ minute of FC Cincinnati’s match against NYCFC on Sept. 18 ((VIDEO). Atanga’s violent occurred after the player had received a red card for serious foul play in the 90+ minute. The forward served his first match suspension for the red card on Sept. 25 against D.C. United. Atanga will serve his additional match suspension for violent conduct on Sept. 29 against Toronto FC.