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MLS investigating Miazga for coming into refs’ locker room

FC Cincinnati defender Matt Miazga is being investigated by MLS over allegations he gained unauthorized entry to the officers’ locker room following his crew’s playoff win over the New York Pink Bulls on Saturday, a number of sources instructed ESPN.

The Philadelphia Inquirer was the primary to report the information. An FC Cincinnati spokesperson declined to remark.

In a press release, MLS stated: “Main League Soccer is conscious of the report of a participant gaining unauthorized entry into the officers’ locker room following the New York Pink Bulls vs. FC Cincinnati match at Pink Bull Area on November 4, 2023. The security of PRO officers mustn’t ever be compromised and an investigation into this matter is being carried out.”

Miazga is already suspended for Cincinnati’s subsequent playoff match towards both the Philadelphia Union or the New England Revolution, after he was booked thrice over the course of two matches of FCC’s sequence win over the Pink Bulls.

In Saturday’s match, which FCC received in a penalty shootout to take the sequence, he was booked for dissent after referee Victor Rivas had blown his whistle for full time. Miazga, a former Pink Bulls participant, was cautioned once more when, after changing his shootout try, he was blowing kisses and saying “I really like you” to Pink Bulls supporters.

In a social media posting on X, previously often called Twitter, the Skilled Soccer Referees Affiliation, the labor union that represents MLS referees, acknowledged that an unidentified participant “was forcibly eliminated by stadium safety whereas appearing in an aggressive & hostile method.”

A number of sources confirmed that Miazga was the participant referred to within the posting.

A supply with direct information of the incident confirmed a Cincinnati Enquirer report, contending that stadium safety wasn’t concerned, nor was power required to take away Miazga.

However PSRA president and enterprise agent Peter Manikowski instructed ESPN by way of textual content message, “I’ve seen a duplicate of the match report. It clearly states the participant was within the locker room and stadium safety needed to forcibly take away the participant from the locker room.” If Miazga is discovered to have violated league guidelines, it’s unclear what additional self-discipline he may face.

If Miazga is discovered to have violated league guidelines, it’s unclear what additional self-discipline he may face. It’s U.S. Soccer Federation coverage that if a participant is discovered to have engaged in referee abuse, it’s a minimal three-game suspension.

An MLS spokesperson added: “Main fines and/or suspensions are on the sole and absolute discretion of the League Workplace and shall be levied towards gamers, coaches, or different crew officers for conduct detrimental to MLS (whether or not or not they have been cautioned by the referee for such match conduct).”

Cincinnati’s subsequent sport within the Japanese Convention semifinals will happen on both Nov. 25 or Nov. 26.

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