United Premier Soccer League Taking a Firm Stance with “No Tolerance for Violence” Conduct
Soccer News: The United Premier Soccer League announced suspensions and penalties effective immediately relating to the recent a UPSL quarter-final post-game match involving a player-fan altercation that occurred on December 5, 2015 between San Nicolas FC vs La Maquina FC at the Lake Forest Sports Complex in Lake Forest, CA.
Both teams are being penalized and all decisions are based on the severity and level of participation of the fight involving each teams respective players, owners, coaches and fans.
The UPSL Executive Committee completed a full review of the incident which included video footage, coach, player and fan interviews. The Executive Committee concluded that in the best interest of the league, its teams, players and fans, both teams must be face stiff and proper penalties from the league.
La Maquina FC has been suspended from the current league winter play and is placed on violent conduct probation.
San Nicholas FC will receive a six-game forfeit penalty for the current season, will be moved to the Western Conference and is placed on violent conduct probation.
Both Suspensions are effective immediately. No Cash fines have been imposed.
“It’s truly sad that we as a league have to announce and impose these type of suspensions and penalties,” said Yan Skwara, UPSL Commissioner. “But the league needs to take a firm stand when it comes to violent conduct both on and off the field. Specific individuals on both La Maquina FC and San Nicholas FC represented their clubs in an all-out post game brawl that could have really ended ugly. We must maintain the integrity of the league and its members moving forward with a “No Tolerance for Violence” which is what we stand behind and again regrettably the UPSL must impose a stiff penalty for these two teams who have been great members of our league in the past.”
“Hopefully, both teams can learn from this experience and control their emotions and actions in the future to prevent another such incident. We hope this shows all our UPSL team members and our soccer affiliates, that we are in this for the long haul and safety and fair play are very high on our list.”
“On a more positive note, we look forward to our Winter league play as we start the 2016 UPSL Winter Season as most of our teams will be kickoff the season on the weekend of January 9, 2016. We wish everyone a great holiday season and look forward to a great new year in futbol with the UPSL.”
The UPSL consists of four conferences spanning across Southern and Central California, Arizona and Nevada; which include Los Angeles County, Orange County, Ventura County, Santa Clarita Valley, Kern County and the Inland Empire.