Philadelphia Union coach Peter Nowak was suspended two games and fined $5,000 for leaving the coach's box in Saturday's win over Chivas USA. The Union were fined an additional $5,000 for the behavior of their players and team staff. Nowak was automatically suspended one game and fined for being ejected in that game.
Chivas USA didn't escape punishment, either. Coach Robin Fraser was fined $500 and Chivas USA was fined $2,500.
The entire incident started when Union midfielder Gabriel Farfan made a dangerous challenge for a loose ball and slid studs up into Chivas USA defender James Riley (video). Farfan was shown a straight red card, the second straight red shown to a Union player in the game.
That prompted Nowak to come onto the field in protest and when players starting pushing one another, Nowak entered the fray. Replays seemed to show Nowak pushing players. Nowak was ejected from the game, which meant he would automatically miss at least one more game. He will not be allowed to be on the sidelines or the tunnel for Saturday's game against the San Jose Earthquakes and the May 5 game against the Seattle Sounders.