Colorado Rapids midfielder Clint Mathis was suspended Wednesday for two games for failing to leave the field in an orderly fashion after getting a red card in a 3-1 loss to New England last weekend.
Mathis was also fined $1,000 (euro790) by Major League Soccer for elbowing Revolution defender Avery John in the jaw, the action that drew the red card, and then arguing with officials instead of leaving the field.
A red card carries an automatic one-game suspension and a $250 (euro200) fine. Mathis' punishment was increased after a disciplinary committee reviewed his actions.
Mathis, who returned to MLS in 2005 after a tumultuous year with Hannover 96 in the Bundesliga, will serve the first game of the suspension when the Rapids play the New York Red Bulls on Saturday. He also will sit out Colorado's final regular-season game, against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, Oct. 14.