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Andrew Farrell gets a red card against Crew SC

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Coach Heaps: “He’s not Joe Franchino. He’s Andrew Farrell.”

MLS: Columbus Crew SC at New England Revolution Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday, the nicest guy in the New England Revolution locker room got a red card.

In the 93rd minute of the Revs-Crew game, Andrew Farrell was sent off for a mistimed tackle on Waylon Francis. Farrell had his cleat up as he was looking to settle an aerial ball. With his focus keenly on this task, the defender didn’t see an onrushing Francis, who immediately collapsed upon contact.

Farrell showed genuine concern after the foul, bending over Francis to see if he was okay. Referee Alan Kelly soon arrived to the scene to eject Farrell.

This is the third time that Farrell has been shown an MLS red card. The fifth-year professional had one in 2013 and 2015.

When asked about the disciplinary action, head coach Jay Heaps made note of Farrell’s happy-go-lucky attitude.

“I thought it was unfortunate,” Heaps said. “He’s not Joe Franchino. He’s Andrew Farrell. He’s not kicking anybody intentionally. I would like him to, believe me, but he doesn’t.”

The red card means that Farrell will miss out on next Saturday’s game against the New York Red Bulls.