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MLS Disciplinary Committee Issues Columbus Crew SC Official Warning

Crew SC must be careful about mass confrontations going forward.

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee announced on Thursday that Columbus Crew SC and the New England Revolution were found in violation of the league's mass confrontation policy. Both sides were issued warnings, as it is each club's first violation of the rule. If either team is involved in another mass confrontation this season, that team will be issued a fine.

The incident in question occurred in the 63rd minute of Saturday's match. After a professional foul by Crew SC's Tony Tchani on Lee Nguyen, for which the Columbus player was issued a yellow card, a scuffle broke out featuring pushing and shoving from players of both sides. The referee separated the players and the game continued.

While it is a first warning for both clubs, it is not the first time the two sides have clashed on the field. In two crucial late-season games last year and the two MLS Cup Playoff matches, players from either side got into it with the opposition. Both teams will have to be careful going forward in tightly contested games, including against each other or risk the fine from MLS.