CONCACAF suspends two USA players and two Mexico players after Nations League semi-final

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The governing body for football in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean, CONCACAF, has suspended Weston McKennie and Sergino Dest from the United States, as well as Cesar Montes and Gerardo Arteaga from Mexico, for their “on-field player misconduct” during the Nations League semi-final match last week. 

McKennie and Montes will be suspended for four matches, while Dest and Arteaga will be banned for three matches, including an automatic one-match ban.

Montes was dismissed from the game before the United States had a player sent off, as McKennie received a red card after a brawl. 

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The match then spiraled out of control, resulting in Dest and Arteaga also being sent off, and the game being halted due to homophobic chants from the crowd. The United States ultimately emerged as winners, with Christian Pulisic scoring two goals to secure a 3-0 victory over Mexico. 

McKennie and Dest will not be part of the United States team for the upcoming Gold Cup, while Montes and Arteaga have been included in Mexico’s squad. It is unclear at this time if McKennie and Dest’s absence from the games will contribute to their suspension.

CONCACAF also sanctioned the football federations of the two countries.

“The Committee has imposed an undisclosed fine on both Federations and warned them that more severe sanctions could be taken should incidents occur during their upcoming matches in CONCACAF national team competitions,” CONCACAF said in a statement on Friday.

The US defeated Canada 2-0 in Las Vegas over the weekend to secure their second consecutive Nations League championship.

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