Las Vegas Lights’ Chelis gets 8-game suspension

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Steve Marcus Chelis, technical director of the Las Vegas Lights, enjoys the team take on the Colorado Switchbacks during a game at Cashman Field Saturday, June 2, 2018. The Lights beat the Switchbacks 4-1.

Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, the Las Vegas Lights FC technical director, has actually been handed an eight-game sideline suspension following an occurrence with a fan after a game in Phoenix, the team revealed today.

For the second time in the Lights’ inaugural season, Sola, commonly known as “Chelis,” finds himself suspended by the United Soccer League.

After a 4-0 loss Wednesday to Phoenix Rising FC, “there was an occurrence with a fan who screamed a profanity, to which Chelís inappropriately responded by positioning his hand on the individual while asking the fan to repeat what he said,” team spokesperson Ryan Greene said in a declaration. “Both the club and Chelis are sorry for the occurrence.”

On May 4, the USL suspended Sola for 7 video games, which was later on was reduced to 4 for “short contact with an official.” He finished serving that suspension on May 26.

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