NFL Upholds Eagles’ DiSandro Suspension and Fine

NFL Upholds Eagles’ DiSandro Suspension and Fine

 

The NFL rejected the Eagles’ appeal of a $100,000 fine and the league’s suspension of team manager Dom DiSandro for the rest of the regular season, according to Friday.

Philadelphia was fined and reports say the team has already paid the fine. Despite the sideline suspension stemming from his involvement in an altercation with 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw, DiSandro was cleared to travel and perform all other work duties.

He is expected to return to the sidelines at the end of the season. The incident occurred when DiSandro intervened in an argument between Greenlaw and Eagles wide DeVonta Smith in the third quarter of the December 3 loss of Philadelphia to San Francisco.

After the reception, DiSandro pulled Greenlaw away and exchanged words. Greenlaw, who was penalized for unnecessary roughness, responded by reaching across the umpires and putting his hand in DiSandro’s face, leading to his ejection and subsequent $10,927 fine by the league. Although DiSandro left the field to cheers from Eagles fans, the NFL reiterated its policy in a memo to teams that prohibits non-players from physically touching, taunting or insulting opposing players or officials.

The memo emphasized that only referees or coaches should intervene in disputes, and violations could result in fines or suspensions. During the appeals process, DiSandro met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. DiSandro, who has been with the Eagles since 1999, is not only the team’s safety director, but also an advisor to general manager Howie Roseman.

DiSandro, 45, who despite his low profile is known for frequent appearances in front of television cameras, oversees all safety matters for players, coaches and trainers. His responsibilities range from managing security at the team’s practice complex, implementing security measures for team travel and providing training on the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy.

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