Philadelphia Union athletic trainer Paul Rushing suspended one more game for red card in NYCFC brawl

Major League Soccer’s Disciplinary Committee issued a series of penalties on Tuesday for the brawl that broke out at the end of the Union’s 2-1 win over New York City FC on Sunday at Subaru Park.

Top of the list is an additional match suspension and undisclosed fine for Union sports coach Paul Rushing, who was at the center of the brawl. Rushing entered the pitch in the 76th minute, after referee Armando Villarreal stopped the game with a potential head injury to Union’s Julián Carranza.

A few New York players thought Carranza was embellishing, notably Nicolás Acevedo. He confronted Rushing, who pushed Acevedo away twice and offered some choice words. Acevedo then gestured towards Rushing, Valentín Castellanos gave Rushing a push, and the smash erupted from there.

At one point, Union’s Jakob Glesnes had to hold Rushing back with a bear hug.

Eventually, Rushing was able to attend Carranza and then leave the field. As he walked away, Villarreal showed him a red card. Rushing received a standing ovation from the crowd as he made his way down the tunnel and quickly went viral on social media.

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Rushing will miss Union games in Chicago on Wednesday (8 p.m., PHL17) and Columbus on Sunday (7:30 p.m., PHL17). His first game back on the bench will be Union’s home game against DC United on July 8, which happens to be nationally televised (7:30 p.m., ESPN, ESPN Deportes).

No players were suspended, but many were fined, the amount of which was not disclosed. The list:

  • Acevedo and Dániel Gazdag and José Andrés Martinéz of the Union, for “incitement and/or escalation of a mass confrontation”.

  • Martínez was also fined a second time for a lewd gesture towards the visiting fan section after the game. A photo of the gesture made the rounds on social media on Sunday evening.

  • Both teams were fined for their second mass showdown violation of the year, and Union manager Jim Curtin was fined individually. New York manager Nick Cushing was only warned because he was not in charge when the club committed their first violation.

Coincidentally — or maybe not at this point — both teams’ first violations came during the Union’s visit to NYCFC in March, when they won at Yankee Stadium for the first time.

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