Another week, another bad challenge, yet no red card.
This season Major League Soccer referees have been wildly inconsistent, sending off players for seemingly innocuous challenges while allowing reckless, dangerous challenges to see less justice.
The tackle garnering the most publicity was Nigel de Jong’s horrible over-step on Darlington Nagbe receiving just a yellow, for which he was ultimately suspended three matches. Ned Grabavoy went in studs up on Carlos Gruezo’s upper leg, which also garnered a yellow and no suspension at all.
Meanwhile, Matias Laba and others have seen red for seemingly innocuous challenges that don’t seem nearly as dangerous, as Major League Soccer referees fall back on the Mullan/Zakuani tackle as an excuse for being harsh with punishment.
Midway through Saturday’s slate of games, we were handed another talking point. NYCFC defender Jason Hernandez went in hard and high on Columbus’s Mohammed Saeid. Hernandez received a yellow card for the incident, but it very easily could have drawn more.
You be the judge, but it’s likely that Hernandez gets a call from the Disciplinary Committee this coming week. Should Hernandez have been sent off?