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Report: Alejandro Bedoya won’t be punished by the league for on-field gun violence message

Bedoya grabbed the microphone and national attention when he called on Congress to “end gun violence now” after scoring in the first half against D.C. United

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Alejandro Bedoya will not see a fine for his on-field message about gun violence in Washington D.C. on Sunday night, according to a report in the New York Times.

The report notes that the league held a meeting on Monday morning about the incident involving the Philadelphia Union captain and decided to not issue a fine or suspension.

Bedoya, who tweeted earlier in the day about shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, scored in the third minute and grabbed a field mic to send Congress a message to “end gun violence now.”

He further elaborated his thoughts in a post-game interview and received support from head coach Jim Curtin, the team in the form of social media posts and the players association, which issued an official statement.

“I’m dropping my kids off at school and I’m looking around paranoid thinking about exit strategy, when I’m at the mall or movie theatre, when I’m at a concert or a festival down the street, big gatherings,” Bedoya said. “Something’s got to be done. It’s gotten to the point where we’ve almost become numb to it, and that’s a big problem.”

Philadelphia Union fan Shawn Wunder set up a GoFundMe account on Sunday just in case the league did issue a fine. It’s raised $730 so far and will go to a charity of the Union captain’s choice, according to Wunder.