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Referee Mark Geiger Comments on Controversial Revolution Match

Referee Mark Geiger comments on the Revolution's goal and the Red Bulls' red card.

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Friday night's game between the New England Revolution and New York Red Bulls was shrouded in controversy and the man in the middle for all of it was referee Mark Geiger.

In the 55th minute, the Revolution scored the game's only goal through Diego Fagundez. The tally came while Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence was on injured on the turf. It was a play that Jesse Marsch called "shameful" as he questioned the Revolution's honor. The coach also pondered why Geiger didn't stop play.

The World Cup referee offered the following post-game statement: "At the time, the injury did not appear serious. Therefore, play was allowed to continue."

Six minutes after the Revs gained the lead, Geiger was forced to make another big decision when Felipe stepped on Kelyn Rowe's ankle. Geiger reached into his back pocket and sent Felipe to the locker room early. Marsch would later state that he didn't believe that his midfielder deserved a red card.

Geiger also gave a statement on the play, saying, "Felipe challenged for the ball using excessive force, making contact with his studs to the opponent’s lower leg."