The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) issued a public reprimand and some penalties to two student-athletes of New Mexico for their misconduct during the Division I Men's Soccer championship held last year.
Athletes Victor Rodriguez and James Rogers were involved in wrongdoing while their team played against South Florida in the third round match of the championships. Rodriguez was found shouting and punching a South-Florida player during the match. While the referee was issuing red card to Rodriguez, Rogers knocked him down striking him in his mid-section, according to NCAA.com.
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The NCAA Division I Men's Soccer committee issued warning to the two players. The committee suspended Rodriguez for the one-game postseason championship and withheld his transportation expenses and championship per day.
After New Mexico appealed to the administrative committee, they gave their final decision. Accordingly, the committee decided to uphold Rodriguez's suspension from the one-game postseason championship irrespective of whichever college he is present and also withhold his daily allowance for expenses.
The committee overturned the suspension of Rogers from the one-game postseason championship but upheld the decision to hold back his expenses.
"The administrative committee agreed with the men's soccer committee that the postgame behavior of both student-athletes was unacceptable and has no place in the sport of soccer," said Judy Rose, chair of the NCAA Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet and director of athletics at UNC-Charlotte.
"However, the administrative committee felt the evidence related to Rogers' incident was not as clear as the original report suggested and agreed with the institution's appeal to overturn the one-game postseason suspension."
In addition to the suspension, Rodriguez will serve a two-game suspension for "fighting red card" and Rogers will face a three-game suspension for assaulting the referee as per the NCAA men's and women's soccer rules.