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Jones Issued 6-Match Ban to Start ’16

Out-of-contract midfielder Jermaine Jones, who was sent off for bumping referee Mark Geiger during the dying moments of the Revolution’s knockout round loss at DC United, was issued a six-match ban and fined an undisclosed amount by the MLS Disciplinary Committee on Friday.

The incident occurred shortly after Jones protested a non-call for a handling offense inside the area by DC defender Sean Franklin in the 92nd minute. Jones was booked for dissent before he made contact with Geiger, who issued him a straight red card.

In addition to the six-match ban, Jones is ineligible to play for the U.S. Men’s National Team while he serves the suspension, per MLS and U.S. Soccer policy.

The MLS Players Union appealed the suspension on Tuesday, but MLS commissioner Don Garber upheld the ban after hearing the appeal.

Whether the lengthy suspension is ever served remains in question after Jones, whose contract expired during the offseason, told the media in October that he had offers from Europe and Brazil on the table.

The 34-year-old midfielder also confirmed that he is seeking a three-year extension. Recently, Revolution general manager Michael Burns told Comcast Sports Net New England that the ball is in Jones’ court after the club made him an offer.

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