MLS rescinds Ben Olsen’s suspension

August 23, 2013
(D.C. United)
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Ben Olsen will spend Saturday night on RFK Stadium’s sideline instead of the mezzanine level, after all.

MLS on Friday rescinded Olsen’s one-game suspension, received last weekend for a second-half ejection against the Montreal Impact.

Olsen and counterpart Marco Schallibaum were tossed in the 75th minute after a confrontation between the benches. Schallibaum, known as the “Swiss Volcano,” initiated the squabble by leaving his coaching area and approaching Olsen’s space.

They exchanged words and gestures before the fourth official and players intervened.

While Olsen was cleared of wrong-doing, Schallibaum received additional penalties. Commissioner Don Garber tagged a second game onto his suspension and fined him an additional $5,000 for “repeated misbehavior.”

Schallibaum, in his first season in MLS, has been ejected three times and suspended by the disciplinary committee on another occasion.

United (3-17-4) will host Toronto FC (4-12-8) on Saturday night.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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