Red Card Appeals for Fire’s Larentowicz and Dynamo’s Davis Denied by Independent Review Panel

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This week the Chicago Fire and MLS filed an appeal for review of the red card issued to Fire midfielder Jeff Larentowicz in the 63rd minute of the April 27 game against Montreal Impact (VIDEO). The referee ruled that Larentowicz denied an obvious goal scoring opportunity.

An independent panel consisting of one representative from the U.S. Soccer Federation, Canadian Soccer Association, and Professional Referees Organization (PRO) was not unanimous that the referee incorrectly identified the offense or that the sanction applied was incorrect.

As a result, the appeal will not be upheld, and Larentowicz’ automatic one-game suspension will stand. The panel did not consider the appeal by the Chicago Fire to be frivolous.

Separately, the Houston Dynamo and MLS filed an appeal for review of the red card issued to Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis in the fifth minute of second half stoppage time of the April 28 game against the Colorado Rapids (VIDEO). The referee ruled that Davis committed serious foul play.

The independent panel was not unanimous that the referee incorrectly identified the offense or that the sanction applied was incorrect.

In order for an automatic one-game suspension to be overturned, the panel must be unanimous that the red card decision by the referee was an obvious error.

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