Patrick Vieira benches two NYCFC players for posting disrespectful video

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Patrick Vieira is sinking his teeth into the football management world in his first start in charge of a team as the gaffer of New York City FC.

The Major League Soccer side have big things expected of them with Designated Players Andrea Pirlo, David Villa, and Frank Lampard all looking to end their respective careers on a high, lifting the MLS Cup in the twilight of their footballing tenures.

Vieira doesn't have to worry about those experienced players it seems, with his focus being very much on two of the younger members of his team, whom Vieira had to punish and remove from the match day squad after an incident last week.

Both Mikey Lopez and Khiry Shelton, who have been mainstays of Vieira's team so far this season, were dropped from NYCFC's 18-man roster by the head coach for posting a disrespectful video ahead of the match.

In the video, the two youngsters were apparently talking about their opponents - the Chicago Fire - saying how it was going to be an easy win. Turns out Vieira isn't a fan of trash-talking the opposition and wants his players to act with a bit more class, which is admirable from the Frenchman.

"This is not the message I want from the players because I want this football club, this team, to be humble and work hard and try to perform and win games and not spend too much time on social media sending negative messages that don’t reflect the football club," Vieira said, according to a report on

“It is important for me to send them the message,” he continued. “And it is important for them to understand that the message they are sending is bigger than themselves.”

You can take a look at the video that got Shelton and Lopez in trouble, below.

Vieira is obviously going to want things done his way in management, and that includes the actions of his players.

However, if this happened at a bigger team or with bigger name players than a couple of MLS youngsters, he could run into trouble. 

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