Chicago coach Frank Klopas and defender Jalil Anibaba apparently will miss one game each as discipline for their actions at the rough-and-tumble end of the Sounders’ 2-1 win over the Fire on Saturday.
Anibaba received a red card from referee Michael Kennedy for a tackle on Seattle defender Leo Gonzalez at the end of the game. Klopas was “dismissed” – a banishment from the bench area, which also brings a one-game suspension.
After the final whistle, both teams remained on the pitch for about a minute of heated words, pushing and shoving.
But neither Sounders coach Sigi Schmid nor goalkeeper Michael Gspurning seemed to give the incident more than a GP rating for violence.
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Schmid: “Obviously there’s some pushing and shoving, where they call it ‘Handbags at 10 paces.’ These guys can’t hurt each other. … It’s sort of like a baseball scuffle.”
Gspurning: “I’m coming from Greece, so fighting was normal there. You see on the video, I am standing away from it. ... It doesn’t mean if somebody wants to do something with (a teammate) I wouldn’t be one of the first who defends him. But he was safe. I decided not to go there. It’s quite calm here. In Greece, maybe every game has something like this."