In a friendly game between León and Santos Laguna, held in Chicago during the Liga MX international break, Novaretti was red-carded for pushing referee Rosendo Bermúdez.
The Disciplinary Committee opened an investigation into the incident and concluded that the incident fell under the purview of Article 17 of the Regulation for Sanctions. Novaretti was given a seven-game suspension and fined 35,000 pesos (about $1,870 U.S.).
The suspension will sideline Novaretti for the remainder of the Clausura 2017 regular season, but he will be eligible for the playoffs should León qualify.
This is Novaretti’s second lengthy suspension of the season, as he was previously suspended for six games for spitting on Hirving Lozano.