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Orlando City SC’s Nani receives two-match suspension

May 8, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Orlando City forward Nani (17) takes a drink while warming up before the match against New York City at Orlando City Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports
May 8, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Orlando City forward Nani (17) takes a drink while warming up before the match against New York City at Orlando City Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports

Orlando City SC captain Nani received a two-game suspension and undisclosed fine from Major League Soccer for unwanted physical contact with a match official.

The Lions (2-0-3, 9 points) will be without Nani for Saturday’s match against visiting Toronto FC and next week’s tilt vs. the host New York Red Bulls.

The MLS Disciplinary Committee reviewed the incident involving Nani, real name Luis Almeida, and announced the suspension on Friday.

The incident occurred when Nani pushed referee Alex Chilowicz during second-half stoppage time of Orlando City’s 1-0 victory against D.C. United last Sunday.

The Major League Soccer Players Association took issue with the decision and voiced its displeasure on Twitter.

“Terrible decision by the league arising out of a disciplinary process that completely lacked integrity. @MLS needs to do better,” MLSPA wrote.

Nani, 34, has a team-leading three goals in five matches this season. He has 21 goals and 15 assists in 54 career matches with Orlando City SC.

–Field Level Media