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Many wondered if Sounders FC forward Eddie Johnson might earn a one-game suspension from the MLS Disciplinary Committee for actions late in Saturday’s tie in Philadelphia.
Johnson appeared to shove over Union forward Antoine Hoppenot with his knee as he got up from a tackle in the final minutes of the game. It was a move that Nelson Rodriguez, the league’s executive vice president of competition and game operations, addressed in the video above in comparison to suspension-worthy plays by San Jose’s Steven Lenhart and Sporting KC’s Paulo Nagamura.
“Though Johnson’s actions could be seen by some as being in a threatening manner, they lacked excessive force, brutality and did not credibly endanger the safety of Hoppenot,” Rodriguez explained in the video. “In order to act, the committee would have needed to have been unanimous that Johnson’s action were worthy of a red card. This condition was not met.”
The transparency behind the video is refreshing, and even if you disagree with what is said, I think it’s worth a watch.
Ultimately, what do you make of the decisions?