NYCFC advocate fined for beautification

New York City FC defenseman Maxime Chanot (4) directs the ball away from his goal against Toronto FC defenseman Omar Gonzalez during the second half of MLS soccer action in Kissimmee, Fla. On Sunday 26 July 2020. Chanot was fined for “simulation” / embellishment “in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Toronto FC. THE CANADIAN PRESS / AP-John Raoux

TORONTO – New York City FC defenseman Maxime Chanot was fined for “faking / embellishing” in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Toronto FC.

The incident occurred in the 24th minute when Chanot mingled with Toronto winger Yeferson Soteldo near the sideline. They both fell and, trying to disentangle themselves, Chanot clung to Soteldo. The Toronto winger touched Chanot’s arm, trying to free himself. This prompted the NYCFC player to claim that Soteldo punched him in the face.

Soteldo has been reserved on the play. The MLS did not detail the size of the Chanot fine.

The MLS Discipline Committee also found Los Angeles Galaxy forward Kevin Cabral guilty of faking / embellishing in stoppage time in Sunday’s game against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Cabral was also fined an undisclosed amount.

Cabral fell while feigning contact with Whitecaps goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau as they both attempted to retrieve the ball.

Los Angeles FC have also received a warning after being found in violation of the league’s “mass confrontation policy” during their weekend game against the San Jose earthquakes.

Canadian Raheem Edwards and his LAFC teammate Latif Blessing were each fined an undisclosed amount for their melee actions.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 10, 2021.

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