Sporting Kansas City midfielder Felipe Hernandez has been suspended for violating the league’s playing integrity guidelines and requirements of conduct.
MLS discovered by an in depth investigation that the midfielder engaged in illegal sporting playing, inserting wagers on two regular-season matches whereas as an lively member of the league.
Hernandez will consequently sit out the rest of the 2021 season with out pay.
Major League Soccer started trying into the incident on July 5, 2021 after the participant disclosed to Sporting Kansas Metropolis that there was concern about his private security as a result of playing money owed. Each the league and membership acted instantly to make sure the participant’s security by contacting legislation enforcement and searching for the mandatory help.
The league employed legislation agency Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (Paul, Weiss), in cooperation with legislation enforcement, to undertake an in depth course of that included witness interviews, the evaluate of on-line playing accounts and betting exercise on sure MLS matches.
The results present that the participant violated league guidelines on a number of accounts. Hernandez positioned on-line bets on two MLS matches whereas an lively member of Sporting Kansas Metropolis. Whereas his crew was not a participant of both video games, it stays a violation of MLS requirements.
The participant cooperated absolutely with the investigation, and thus will probably be eligible for reinstatement on January 1, 2022 on utility to the Commissioner.
Ought to new info regarding this matter come to Main League Soccer’s consideration, “the league reserves the correct to revisit this investigation and the ensuing self-discipline”.
Following the suspension, Hernandez confirmed on Twitter that he was searching for assist for a playing dependancy.
“Over the past a number of months, I’ve been in a position to reassess, take accountability for my actions and get the correct look after one thing that has enormously affected me,” he wrote.
I stay up for doing every part potential to get again on the sphere and can work more durable than ever to assist Sporting KC obtain its targets. I can’t make any additional feedback presently whereas I give attention to my dedication to taking all of the steps essential to make a wholesome return.”