16 responses

  1. Andy in Atlanta
    May 28, 2014

    glad this was lifted… it was not serious foul play by any means

  2. Matt
    May 28, 2014

    Guzman did not say “serious foul play”…he said “violent conduct”. The MLS website reported it incorrectly.

    • The Imperative Voice
      May 28, 2014

      Shuffling around “why” he was given the card may be part of the excuse for rescinding it. It looked to me like he was bumped from behind pretty badly, the bumper takes a shot at a steal and misses, and after the foul is called EJ takes a swipe at him with his leg, though it’s a glancing blow if it even hit. By suggesting the card was for the non-violent 50/50 challenge and not the little swipe after the whistle, it’s easier to say it was a phantom call. People often go sprawling from 50/50 plays where both are diving in. But I think the ref could be calling the prone shot after.

      • kpgel
        May 29, 2014

        You got it right, I think. The ref for sure called him for the swipe he took at Rowe while he was down, not the foul. Not particularly violent, but dirty, and worthy of getting tossed from the game. Unfortunately for him, by rule that comes with a extra game tacked on. I have no problem with him being allowed to play next game, but in no way should this decision imply that the ref got it wrong. He was right there to see the play, and he got it spot on, IMHO.

      • Mason
        May 29, 2014

        The ref absolutely got it wrong if he called it Violent Conduct.

        VC needs to connect to be considered VC. That little swipe didn’t, and even if it had, it wasn’t violent. It was more like, “Guy stumbles because opponent is tangled up in his legs.”

    • Northzax
      May 28, 2014

      I think what happened is that the disciplinary committee lowered the charge from violent conduct (two game ban) to a simple red (one game). The dc cannot revoke a red card, so this was the most they could do. Then, once it was a simple red, the international review committee revoked the red.

  3. bryan
    May 28, 2014


  4. Jake
    May 28, 2014

    It was a mistake to give it. I’m surprised they rescinded it, but I think it was the right move.
    Same ref (Guzman) screwed DC United by inexplicably (and this was confirmed by FIFPro or some other organization) giving a yellow when EJ was taken down on a breakaway, and left the crew defender on the field without a red.
    Just keep him off DC United games for the rest of the year please. Spread his mistakes around the league.

    • Dustin
      May 28, 2014

      The International Federation of Professional Footballers weighed in on a call in the MLS? I doubt it.

      I think you meant PRO, the Professional Referees Organization.

      • Jake
        May 28, 2014

        Yep. I just wasn’t sure which acronym it was. Who can keep them straight. At least I got the PRO part right. :)

  5. JayAre
    May 28, 2014

    How and Why? He behaves like he doesn’t want to be on the field. They might as well let him get the free vacation

    • Andy in Atlanta
      May 28, 2014

      you are so clueless… everyone that bothers bashing Johnson does not watch a minute of this play… it is all hyperbole from what you hear others say about him. Eddie was playing fine in the match he was sent off in.

  6. fischy
    May 29, 2014

    It’s too bad they can’t get another shot to get the tying goal, but at even strength. Damage done.

    Honestly, I think he got a bum rap on the suspension for the run-in with Perkins, too.

  7. Nogra Rover
    May 29, 2014

    Since they punished EJ after the Montreal game, you think they’d at least have a look at Bunbury’s bloody hit on Fernandez. That deserves a suspension.

    • bkupp
      May 29, 2014

      Get serious. It was a shoulder charge and Fernandez stumble is what put him in danger. The day a player makes it through an MLS with *only* a fat lip …

  8. bkupp
    May 29, 2014

    DC actually lucked out with EJ’s red card. Think of how many offside calls they avoided with EJ off the field!

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