NEW YORK, NY – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued an additional three match suspension and an undisclosed fine to Vancouver Whitecaps FC forward Lucas Cavallini for violent conduct in the 53rd minute of Vancouver’s match against Nashville SC on August 27.
The play was reviewed under Disciplinary Committee Parameter 2, in which the MLS Disciplinary Committee may act where the officials see an incident and issue a red card. The Disciplinary Committee may review the play for further disciplinary action, over and above the mandatory suspension and fine. Under Parameter 2, supplemental discipline (suspension and/or fine) will be administered if the Disciplinary Committee believes the offense is egregious in nature, and/or it must act to protect player safety, and/or it must protect the integrity of the game, and/or the player is guilty of repeat behavior.
The three-match suspension will be in addition to the automatic one-match suspension for the red card he received during the game. Cavallini served the first of his four-match suspension during the 'Caps match on September 4 against the San Jose Earthquakes. The forward will be unavailable for Vancouver’s next three matches, including on September 10 against the Colorado Rapids, September 14 against the LA Galaxy, and September 17 against Seattle Sounders FC.
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has also found Cavallini guilty of failure to leave the field in a timely manner in the 53rd minute of Vancouver’s match against Nashville SC on August 27. Cavallini has been fined an undisclosed amount for his actions.