The scales of justice have spoken, and it’s a good news bad news thing for the Montreal Impact.
It was a win for the MLS expansion side from Canada on the more important matter; forward Marco Di Vaio was acquitted by the Italian Football Federation in the unseemly matter of match fixing.
His teammate at Stade Saputo in Montreal, center back Nelson Rivas, wasn’t so lucky – although the stakes were surely not so high.
Rivas really had no defense for his brutal head butt last week against Philadelphia. So he might even considering himself lucky that Major League Soccer’s disciplinary committee slapped him with only two additional games as penalty for last week’s attack, which left Union midfielder Antoine Hoppenot with a broken nose.
Along with the automatic one-game ban for the red card Rivas received last Saturday, he will miss a total of three matches for the Impact.