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NWSL suspends WNY keeper for incident against FC Kansas City

WNY Flash keeper Chantel Jones received a suspension for her contact with Blues' forward Shea Groom

Groom went down hard with the shove by Jones
Groom went down hard with the shove by Jones
Thad Bell

The NWSL Disciplinary Committee announced Tuesday that Western New York Flash goalkeeper Chantel Jones is suspended one game for unsporting conduct detrimental to the League. This is the result of the incident involving FC Kansas City rookie Shea Groom in the second half last Thursday.

Groom slid in for a loose ball but Jones had covered it before she got there. Some observers felt that Groom came in studs up but the replay looks like Groom's foot was down but did probably scrape Jones' leg. The Flash keeper quickly got up and appeared to step on or hook Groom's foot as she shoved her. Groom spun to the ground and hit her head and did not get up for a couple minutes.

Jones should have received a straight red in the match.

On the video and live a whistle was not heard so when Jones shoved Groom play would have still been live and could have been a penalty as well.

Jones will sit out the Flash's next match in which she is available to play which will leave the Flash without a regular keeper. Starter Sabrina D'Angelo left the match in the first half when she fell on her should after a collision with the Blues' Liz Bogus.