MLS: Afful red card is rescinded

MLS's Independent Review Panel overturned the red card issued to Columbus Crew defender Harrison Afful for his challenge on Marcelo Sarvas in the 74th minute of Saturday's Crew-D.C. United game.

The panel rescinded Afful's fine and one-game suspension for the play that was deemed for serious foul play by referee Silviu Petrescu. Afful will be eligible for the Crew’s game against Orlando City on Saturday.

Crew’s appeal for review of the play was unanimously upheld.
5 comments about "MLS: Afful red card is rescinded".
  1. Richard Brown, July 20, 2016 at 4:17 a.m.

    Well that is what arbitration supposed to be about.

    But it does make the official look bad.

  2. StrikerBob Norman, July 20, 2016 at 9:03 a.m.

    This was egregious. I can still see him hopping around. I wonder why Sarvas isn't fined or given a red for simulation? Can't the MLS do something to stop this. The refs can't see everything, but the integrity of the game should be protected.

  3. Bob Ashpole replied, July 20, 2016 at 11:03 p.m.

    I suspect he twisted his ankle trying to pull out when he spiked Afful's thigh.

  4. Bob Ashpole, July 20, 2016 at 11:01 p.m.

    Looked like a fair challenge to me. The official made himself look bad. I would be interested in knowing where the official was positioned when he made the call. Apparently he assumed the tackle caught the foot.

  5. David Mont, July 24, 2016 at 7:35 p.m.

    I don't know. Afful went into the tackle very dangerously. Yeah, he didn't appear to make any contact, but to me it was deifnitely a "challenge that endangers the safety of an opponent" (as the rule states). Whether or not he made contact is immaterial.

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