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Canadian Harmse handed whopping six-game ban by NASL; Campos suspended for FCE match

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NASL has finally stepped up when it comes to after-the-fact discipline. And Canadian midfielder Kevin Harmse will pay the price for his actions. Harmse, who allegedly was the prime combatant in a post-game fight between his San Antonio Scorpions and Minnesota United FC, was suspended for six games by the league.

After Minnesota beat San Antonio 3-2 on Saturday, sending the Scorpions to their fifth fall-season defeat, witnesses claimed that Harmse punched Campos, and also went after the MUFC trainer. Harmse’s teammate, Esteban Bayona, was banned for two games for his role in the melee. Campos was also banned for a game, and will miss this weekend’s match against FC Edmonton.

And, it looks as if Harmse will be facing more discipline. “Kevin Harmse’s conduct following the game was unacceptable and the league is holding him accountable for his actions, and supplemental discipline from our organization will be forthcoming,” said Scorpions President and General Manager Howard Cornfield in release issued by the club.

Kevin Harmse

The fall season is just 14 games long. San Antonio has played five. Harmse will miss the next six, meaning he can’t come back till game 12. And, if the Scorpions tack on more punishment, it might not be out of the question that Harmse doesn’t play again in NASL this campaign.

NASL has been hesitant in the past to fine or suspend players after the games have been completed. Earlier in the fall season, during halftime of their game, FC Edmonton and Atlanta Silverbacks players confronted each other at the Clarke Stadium dressing-room entrances. While the reports from the fight suggested it was more about handbags than fisticuffs, the fact that the teams got off without suspensions… well, it would not have happened in MLS.

And, earlier this year, NASL didn’t act when Atlanta’s Danny Barrera delivered a shoulder to the head of Edmonton defender Albert Watson after the ball was long gone, a play which resulted in Watson losing several of his teeth. The fact that Barrera wasn’t disciplined for the challenge fueled the bad blood between Atlanta and Edmonton during their last meeting, which led to the confrontation at Clarke.

Harmse’s suspension is the longest handed out by NASL 2.0. It’s not a proud Canadian record.

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