For the second straight week, the MLS Disciplinary Committee has leveled a suspension against a New England Revolution player. This time it’s very deserving.
Unlike last week where I questioned Benjamin Angoua’s one game suspension for violent conduct/serious foul play, there’s no question as to what Bunbury’s done here. He’s made contact off the ball by striking an opponent’s head/neck area and this is basically the definition of violent conduct in the Laws of the Game. Bunbury was initially cautioned on the play in stoppage time but this certainly warranted a red card and the DisCo decided a one-game suspension wasn’t sufficient punishment.
Regardless of what caused this little dust-up, Perrinelle and Bunbury collided moments before Teal’s shoving/striking action, Bunbury can’t react the way he did and now he’ll miss the Revs next two matches (today at NYCFC, Saturday vs. TFC). Bunbury has only played a little over a hundred total minutes in eight substitute appearances off the bench so it’s likely those spare minutes will go to Femi Hollinger-Janzen or rookie Brian Wright.
Bunbury will be eligible to return to the Revolution for a June 17th home game against the Chicago Fire following a Revs bye week.