Cherundolo in hot water
By Aris Ohanessian (ussocceruk.com)
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
After being given his marching orders for the first time in his career with Hannover since joining in January 1999, Cherundolo will miss this weekend's crunch relegation six-pointer against Eintracht Frankfurt.
The fine was not disclosed by the club, but the Hannoversche Allgemeine newspaper reported that the right back would be docked 'a huge fine', according to the team's manager Ewald Lienen.
Cherundolo's first yellow against Freiburg last Saturday was questionable - grabbing an opposition player after losing possession of the ball.
However, the second caution was a foolish move by the 25 year-old US international player, as he put a finger to his head while looking back at the match referee - a highly offensive gesture in Germany.
The referee did not hesitate to send Cherundolo off for the move, and the dismissal carries an automatic one-game suspension which is enforced immediately - meaning Cherundolo misses the Frankfurt match at home this Saturday.
"That can't happen," said Lienen. "We have to set an example, that can not be tolerated.
"(He is a) very important player. He has a certain importance in the defence and offence for us. His missing (the match) is very bitter."
In Cherundolo's absence, Silvio Schroter is likely to start at right back, his countryman Clint Mathis is set to return to the starting line-up after missing out last week; Mathis should replace Vladimir But against Frankfurt.