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Franco Suspended Additional Game, Fined By Disciplinary Committee For Tackle On Carroll

Guillermo Franco was handed a second game ban and a fine by the Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee for his red card tackle on Brian Caroll.

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The Chicago Fire announced today that the Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee had added a game suspension to the one game ban already applied to Guillermo Franco, along with an additional fine.

Franco was set to miss one game due to a straight red card that he was handed after a one legged, studs up challenge that landed directly in the center of Brian Carroll's shin in the 78th minute. The Disciplinary Committee decided that he had "endangered the of his opponent with a reckless challenge," which led it to add the second game ban and the fine.

Video of the tackle is below, via MLSSoccer.com:


Carroll was able to remain in the game and played all 90 minutes.

According to the Fire's official schedule, Franco will miss two pivotal games in the team's playoff hunt, with his first suspension affected game coming this Saturday against the New York Red Bulls. Chicago then plays the New England Revolution two weeks later.

The fine payment will go toward charities involved with MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the MLS Player's Union, per league policy.