The NWSL Disciplinary Committee announced Monday that it has suspended Western New York Flash midfielder Carli Lloyd two matches for use of “excessive force” during the Flash’s 1-0 loss on April 19 to the Chicago Red Stars.
The incident occurred in stoppage time of the first half between Lloyd and Red Stars rookie Vanessa DiBernardo. Lloyd was given a yellow card for this foul:
Lloyd will miss the next two matches that she is available to play in, beginning this weekend against the Portland Thorns in a rematch of last season’s championship match.
The U.S. midfielder gave the following statement:
“My action in the game against the Chicago Red Stars was not acceptable and is inexcusable. I am very disappointed in myself and this is a lesson I will learn from. I want to apologize to Vanessa, the Red Stars, my teammates, the WNY Flash organization and the NWSL fans.”