Maryland men's soccer coach Sasho Cirovski suspended for actions toward officials

Maryland men's soccer coach Sasho Cirovski has been suspended one game by the Big Ten for actions after the team's loss to Northwestern on Sunday that were in violation of the conference's sportsmanship policy.

As part of the penalty, the school has also been fined $10,000. Cirovski will incur the total cost of the fine, according to a team spokeswoman.

Cirovski will serve the suspension Wednesday night against Virginia Commonwealth.

According to a story in The Diamondback, Maryland's student paper, Cirovski "tried pushing his way toward the officials, his arms flailing and his voice booming" after the 3-2 overtime loss at Northwestern. The paper wrore that Cirovski needed to be held back as he approached three game officials.

"The game concluded in controversial fashion, with Northwestern midfielder Cole Missimo slotting the game-winning goal in the 92nd minute on a play that Cirovski believed should've been reversed," Joshua Needelman wrote in the Diamondback story.

Cirovski put out the following statement through Maryland on Wednesday: "I sincerely regret my actions towards the officials following our match at Northwestern on Sunday. I would like to personally apologize to the Big Ten Conference and vow that this will not happen again."

The team's spokeswoman said that Cirovski would have no further comment.

The Big Ten said in a statement that it considers this matter concluded and will have no further comment.

Cirovski has been at Maryland since 1993 and has transitioned the Terps into a national power. But they've struggled in their first season in the Big Ten, going 3-5-2 overall and 1-2-1 in the conference thus far.



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