Referee Silviu Petrescu reduced the New England Revolution to ten men in the 9th minute of their game against New York City FC when he issued a red card to Antonio Delamea. Petrescu used Video Review to make the game-changing decision, but did he get the call right? Let’s take a look.
With Valentín Castellanos marching towards goal, Delamea lunged to poke away the ball. He then shoved the attacker in the back, sending him to the ground. After taking a second look at the play, Petrescu ruled that Delamea had denied an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.
It does appear that Delamea uses excessive force to stop the play. However, issuing a red card is a bit harsh. Delamea’s initial challenge is a clean one that pushes the ball out of Castellanos’ path. This creates a cloud of doubt about Castellanoes’ ability to score on the play. As a result, a yellow would’ve been the correct call.
Petrescu continued to draw the ire of spectators throughout the first half. In sum, he issued one red and three yellows (all to NYCFC) before the break.
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