For the third straight week, a player has been fined for an incident that occurred while playing against the New England Revolution. The most recent miscreant is Lloyd Sam, who has been fined an undisclosed amount by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for trying to deceive the referee.
The play being disciplined occurred in the 34th minute of Saturday's game. Sam is seen tussling with Juan Agudelo before eventually going to the ground. The replay makes it clear that Sam is guilty of embellishment, though referee Alan Kelly opts to give a yellow card to Agudelo in the moment.
Kelley's refereeing was questioned by MLSSoccer.com's Simon Borg in his weekly video called Instant Replay. Though he doesn't mention the Sam play, Borg does claim that Sal Zizzo's PK shout was fabricated as the midfielder went down too easily. As a result, nothing should've been called, which would've prevented Jose Goncalves from receiving a second yellow.
Conversely, Borg believes that the Revs deserved a PK because of an incident that happened in the 77th minute. Here, Lee Nguyen is seen crumpling to ground after Luis Robles runs through him. Kelley doesn't see it that way and decides to play on.
What do you think of so many Revolution opponents being fined? Do you think Zizzo is guilty of embellishment? Should the Revs have had a PK on Saturday? Let us know in the comments section below!