Bedoya and Medunjanin were sent off in quick succession last weekend during a game against Atlanta United. If you haven’t seen it yet, it was a wild couple of minutes at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Union’s Auston Trusty fouled Josef Martinez in the box, giving a penalty to Atlanta. As Martinez was preparing to take the spot kick, Bedoya — who was already on a yellow, in the 19th minute — encroached on the box, delaying the penalty, which prompted referee Sorin Stoica to confront him. Bedoya was shown a second yellow soon after for dissent; he’s been accused of swearing at the referee and calling him “a cheat.”
Bedoya’s red card sent Medunjanin into a fury, and Stoica awarded the Bosnian midfielder a yellow of his own. Medunjanin continued to harass the referee, and Stoica gave him a second yellow card from the same fracas. Footage of the altercation shows Medunjanin absolutely irate, and at one point he looks like he even made a spitting motion toward Stoica.
The Union appealed Bedoya’s suspension this week, but MLS upheld the ban today, meaning both players will miss out tomorrow night (and Medunjanin may be suspended beyond then, too).
That’s a big loss for Philadelphia; both players have started every game for them this season, and they’re the backbone of the side’s midfield. Read more on how important they are to the Union at The Brotherly Game.