Vieira, Moss Brothers Avoid Discipline

Matt Kremkau

By CHRISTIAN ARAOS

Neither Patrick Vieira nor the Moss brothers will face discipline for their confrontation during last Saturday’s game at Yankee Stadium, Empire of Soccer has learned.

Vieira and the season-ticket holders for both New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union traded profanities on two separate occasions during New York City FC’s game with the Union, once after the Union scored and then after the game.

Several people said that the Moss brother, Vince and Vance, were at the game because they are Union season-ticket holders, while they also have prime, expensive seats behind the visitors’ bench at Red Bull Arena.

The confrontations were not included in the referee’s report of the game and Vieira said that he has not heard from Major League Soccer and does he expect to hear from the league. MLS did not respond to a request for comment and attempts to speak with the Moss brothers have been unsuccessful. The brothers will be allowed to attend each of the coming games between City and the Red Bulls in their usual seats in the first row. Vieira said he won’t mind.

“I hope they’re going to be there,” Vieira said. “They are who they are, I think everybody knows them quite really well. That is part of their job. I suppose that is what people expect them to do. I think they come to the game with a plan and that is the way it is. We like it and we don’t like it but we have to deal with it. They are there to do a job.”

Vieira admitted that he should have conducted himself better after the first incident. He said he got caught in the heat of the moment after the Union scored and regretted his reaction caused to brothers’ provocations.

“When you have a reaction it is because people are crossing the line,” Vieira said. “That is negative for the game but I shouldn’t have reacted the way I did.”

City and the Red Bulls play the first of three games at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.