Jermaine Jones lost the plot on Wednesday. Big time.
During second half stoppage time at RFK Stadium, the New England Revolution captain believed D.C. United’s Sean Franklin handled in the box and charged toward referee Mike Geiger and protested furiously for a penalty kick.
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No penalty, said Geiger, and Jones preceded to storm at the referee and grabbed Geiger after picking up his second yellow card and a subsequent red card. Everyone who plays the game understands that you cannot lay a finger on the officials, and now New England have to deal with this situation as Jay Heaps’ side crashed out of the 2015 MLS playoffs in the knockout round despite an incredible bicycle kick goal from Juan Agudelo putting them ahead against D.C. The Revs ended up losing 2-1 and D.C. progress to the Eastern Conference semifinals in the postseason.
The incident involving Jones, 33, was shocking and the former Schalke star was incessant with rage, plus the way he manhandled Geiger, no matter if he disagreed with the call, was unacceptable.
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The German-American midfielder, who has been a constant in Jurgen Klinsmann’s USMNT midfield for many years, has overstepped the mark and MLS should be handing the Designated Player a lengthy suspension for the start of the 2016 season.
Scroll to the three minute mark of the video below to see the incident. I agree with Jones, Franklin appears to move his arm up towards the ball and stop the Revs midfielder from getting a clear look on goal. It was a penalty kick.
However, you just cannot react in this manner.