Concacaf have suspended Chivas captain Jair Pereira two games in the CCL after he choked RBNY's Sean Davis this week.— Alicia Rodriguez (@soccermusings) April 6, 2018
That is the breaking news heard throughout the soccer internet as our SB Nation Colleague Alicia Rodriguez of Angels on Parade informed us, as Guadalajara Captain Jair Pereira was suspended two CCL games for putting his hands on the throat of Sean Davis after the scuffle between Tyler Adams and Rodolfo Pizarro.
And this tweet from ESPNFC’s Tom Marshall
.@Chivas center-back Jair Pereira suspended for two CONCACAF Champions League matches. Misses the 2nd leg vs. @NewYorkRedBulls and potentially the 1st leg of the final. Real blow for Chivas. #ligamxeng #CCLfever— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) April 6, 2018
So while it may not even out with the number of players suspended for the second leg, it sounds like this is a big blow to the backline as well as the entire squad losing their Captain for such an important match.
This will be very interesting to see how this plays out and what could it do to help the Red Bulls over come their one goal deficit on aggregate. But for now news coming from Miami at the headquarters of CONCACAF is huge news to the NY team in Red that could help them get to the two legged final.
A statement from CONCACAF
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) announced today the decisions of the Concacaf Disciplinary Committee in cases involving Club America (MEX), Toronto FC (CAN), and player Jair Pereira of CD Guadalajara (MEX).
The Disciplinary Committee has fined Toronto FC and Club America, and suspended CD Guadalajara player Jair Pereira for two (2) matches, for infractions that occurred during this week’s Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League semifinal legs.
After due examination of the evidence gathered during their investigation and based on the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Regulations, and the FIFA Disciplinary Code, the Committee determined that Toronto FC and Club America clearly infringed the Competition Regulations, specifically Art. 52 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code which covers team conduct. In levying the fines for general team misconduct during the halftime of Tuesday’s semifinal match in Toronto, the Committee expressed that it considers the clubs’ conduct unacceptable, as it departs from the principles of Fair Play.
Additionally, following the match between CD Guadalajara and New York Red Bulls played Wednesday night in Guadalajara, the Committee reviewed an incident that took place in the 84th minute. Jair Pereira of CD Guadalajara was observed to commit an act of physical aggression against an opponent, while the ball was not in play.
The Committee determined that Pereira violated articles IV par. B.10 and art. VII par. A.2 of the Competition Regulations, and art. 48 par. 1.d), 77 par. a) and 96 pair. 3 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code regarding physical aggression. A suspension of two (2) matches was imposed on Pereira in accordance with the Competition Regulations and the FIFA Disciplinary Code.