The National Women’s Soccer League announced on Wednesday that North Carolina Courage coach Paul Riley has been suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount due to Riley’s misconduct in last year’s NWSL semifinal against the Portland Thorns FC.
Riley, the coach of the then-Western New York Flash, was charged with misconduct after physical contact with game officials during the Flash’s match against the Thorns on Oct. 2, 2016.
Riley served one game of the two-game suspension during the NWSL Championship on Oct. 9, 2016. He will serve the second game of the suspension for the North Carolina Courage’s season opener on April 15 at the Washington Spirit.
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The NWSL Disciplinary Committee determined that Riley committed misconduct characterized as physical contact with Game Officials, separate from referee assault, and is a violation of Section 11.3.6, “Major Game Misconduct” of the League Operations Manual.