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Impact and Schällibaum Fined; Caps Issued a Warning

Fines all round in Montréal while the Whitecaps escape with an official warning in the ugly aftermath of a controversial penalty kick decision

Nigel Reo-Coker (13) is issued a yellow card in the second half of the Impact-Whitecaps match.  The Whitecaps went on to win the game 3-0.
Nigel Reo-Coker (13) is issued a yellow card in the second half of the Impact-Whitecaps match. The Whitecaps went on to win the game 3-0.
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In the 38th minute of Saturday's MLS tilt between the Whitecaps and the Impact Patrice Bernier hammered a strike at the Vancouver goal that appeared to strike Jun Marques Davidson in the upper arm or shoulder.  Referee Jorge Gonzalez immediately awarded Montréal with a penalty kick, but after consulting with his assistants he reversed his decision and instead awarded the Impact with a corner kick.  During the entire ordeal Gonzalez was at times surrounded by irate players from both clubs pleading their case.

On Wednesday the MLS disciplinary committee announced that both teams had violated the MLS "mass confrontation policy" and penalized the clubs accordingly.  This was Vancouver's first violation of the season and the Caps were issued an official warning for their actions, but the Impact and head coach Marco Schällibaum, however, were fined $10,000 and $2,000 respectively because this was the Impact's third violation of the policy this season.  Schällibaum has also been suspended four times for a total of five games in his first season in MLS.  Ironically the fines issued to Montréal and Schällibaum comes on the heels of the suspension issued to Impact Sporting Director Nick De Santis for confronting an official after the recent loss to the Columbus Crew.

Vancouver return to action this weekend when they face Real Salt Lake at BC Place in a match full of implications for the Supporter's Shield and the MLS playoff race.

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