MLS Disciplinary Committee Fines and Suspends Lewis Neal and Jay Heaps

John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Official word came through this afternoon that DCU midfielder Lewis Neal and Revolution head coach Jay Heaps will face punishment for their unrelated actions during last Saturday's match.

We've received word via official press release that the MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended D.C. United midfielder Lewis Neal one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for serious foul play that endangers the safety of an opponent against New England Revolution defender Andrew Farrell in the 4thminute of the game last Saturday, April 5th, at RFK Stadium.

In addition, MLS Commissioner Don Garber today fined New England Revolution head coach Jay Heaps an undisclosed amount for his dismissal in the 89th minute of the game on April 5. As per MLS competition policy, Heaps will miss New England's next game.

Revs fans will surely be glad to hear that Neal's challenge on Farrell was reviewed further and that the midfielder was appropriately fined and suspended for the dangerous tackle (though fans may have preferred a straight red card during the game as well). The bit regarding Jay Heaps, however, is perhaps a little disconcerting. The fact that he was fined on top of his suspension, which we already knew he'd be serving this weekend, sounds like whatever was said on sideline last Saturday warranted even more punishment from the Disciplinary Committee. Assistant coach Tom Soehn will take the helm this weekend against the Houston Dynamo in place of Heaps.

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