Following up on the article from Sunday concerning Mario de Luna's presence in Chivas USA's lineup over the weekend against the Colorado Rapids, despite originally being given two consecutive one-game suspensions, I received word from Chivas USA regarding his punishment.
Club communications manager Cristina Maillo told me that the league "reviewed it," with the implication that they subsequently reduced the penalty.
Here's what I think happened: de Luna received a yellow card for pushing a ball boy in the 3-0 loss to the Portland Timbers earlier this month. That yellow card was his fifth, meaning he was due to get an automatic one-game ban for accumulating his first five yellows of the season.
Update to update: That fifth yellow card was rescinded, as you will see on the current MLS Disciplinary Summary, which shows he is currently on four yellow cards. So technically, he was suspended by the Disciplinary Committee, but the yellow card suspension was revoked since the yellow card was evidently removed.
Additionally, he was given a one-game suspension by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for the same incident. Although players can get additional bans beyond what they may normally warrant for a yellow or red card offense (for example, Houston Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell recently received a red card for a headbutt on an opponent, and then received an extra one-game suspension to go with the customary one-game ban for the red card), perhaps in this case, the league saw that de Luna was due to get a suspension anyway, so one game was sufficient.
I still have not heard from the MLS Players Union so I'm not sure if they were involved in appealing the original two-game suspension, despite their public statement regarding the incident.
At any rate, it looks like this was a story where the punishment changed, but to my knowledge, no public notice of the change ever emerged. De Luna is now in the clear, and he's served the full punishment in the eyes of the league.
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