Toronto tunnel tussle: TFC still sees red the day after

Toronto FC has appealed the red card issued to star Jozy Altidore at halftime of the second leg of its Eastern Conference semifinal series against the New York Red Bulls.

TFC lost the game, 1-0, but went through to the conference final against Columbus thanks to away goals. Unless it wins its appeal, TFC will be without Altidore (and Sebastian Giovinco) for the first leg Nov. 21 at Columbus.

Altidore and Sacha Kljestan, who had both been cautioned following an incident in the first half, did not return to the field after the break. They both had been red carded.

Kljestan said Altidore shoved him into the wall. Altidore said Kljestan came up to him from behind and choked and pushed him.

TFC president Bill Manning told the Canadian Press he is confident Altidore will be vindicated after security camera footage is reviewed. He said there were five security guards and three police officers in the area.

"That should suffice but essentially a group of Red Bulls players came into the TFC space and pushed through security and police officers," Manning said. "It was literally a numbers game."

MLS conference finals
First Leg:
Nov. 21: Columbus vs. Toronto FC (8 pm ET, ESPN, ESPN Deportes)
Nov. 21: Houston vs. Seattle (10 pm ET, FS1, Fox Deportes)
Second Leg:
Nov. 29: Toronto FC vs. Columbus (7:30 pm ET, FS1)
Nov. 30: Seattle vs. Houston (10:30 pm ET, ESPN, ESPN Deportes)

6 comments about "Toronto tunnel tussle: TFC still sees red the day after".
  1. Scott Johnson, November 7, 2017 at 12:38 a.m.

    Were they straight reds, or reds earned for a second caution?  If the latter, is that reviewable?  

  2. Scott Johnson replied, November 7, 2017 at 12:40 a.m.

    Answering my own question--ESPN's match report indicates they were straight reds, not second cautions.

  3. j bapper, November 7, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.

    I will be shocked if this isn't overturned by Garber, even though Altidore deserved a red card before halftime for that ridiculous flop he took right in front of the referee. The last thing MLS wants is Columbus in the Final, so expect to league to make us some lame excuse so Altidore can play.

  4. Joey Tremone replied, November 7, 2017 at 1:26 p.m.

    Flops are a yellow, just as originally awarded.  It doesn't matter how allegedly 'ridiculous' it was.

  5. beautiful game, November 7, 2017 at 10:02 a.m.

    This juvenile confrontaion means nothing. Any of the remaining squads has an equal opportunity to win it all as long as the skilled players are manhandled.

  6. StrikerBob Norman replied, November 7, 2017 at 10:44 a.m.

    You are exactly right! As any Sounder fan can attest. Most fouled team in the league with Lodiero the most fouled player. When Ozzie gets back that crap will be answered in kind. 

    J babber has it right too!

    Let's see if Altidore isn't protected by the league and if the refs continue to let infringment be a useful defensive tactic.

    Let's face it. Baldemero's farce of a reveiw of Nouhou's takedown in the box typifies the league's hands off attitude towards incompetent refereeing.

    The "Beutiful Game" is made ugly by their greed. If you want better refs, you have to pay for them.

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