Schallibaum's temper costs him. Again.
Marco Schallibaum's tumultuous first season in Major League Soccer continues as the fiery Swiss coach's latest transgression will see him banished from the Montreal Impact's sidelines for their next two games.
Schallibaum was already going to miss Saturday night's game against Houston after he received an automatic one-game ban for being sent off in Montreal's win 2-1 over D.C. United last Saturday.
But MLS commissioner Don Garber suspended the Impact head coach for an additional game and fined him US$5,000 Friday ``for his repeated misbehaviour.''
Schallibaum, who has been ejected from games three times this season, will also miss Montreal's road game in Philadelphia on Aug. 31. He also served a one-game suspension for stepping on the field in a game against the Colorado Rapids.
``I'm very disappointed because I did something but it was not so very, very bad,'' Schallibaum said after practice Friday. ``So that's a decision from MLS and the problem is I cannot defend the decision. I must accept it because I have no choice.''
Schallibaum and United head coach Ben Olsen engaged in their heated confrontation following a hard aerial challenge between D.C.'s James Riley and Montreal's Justin Mapp, which sent the Impact player clattering into the midfield camera.
Olsen and Schallibaum were sent off while Riley was issued a yellow card. Olsen had his automatic one-game suspension and fine rescinded on Friday.
``I'm happy for him but that's a decision also for MLS,'' Schallibaum said. ``He did the same thing as me, I think, and that's a part of the decision from MLS that I can't explain. You must ask the guys from the MLS why I have two, and the other has not.'' Assistant coach Mauro Biello will assume Schallibaum's duties once again against Houston, which is fifth in the Eastern Conference with 36 points, two behind the third-place Impact.
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