Tony Tchani the latest MLS player to score and see red (Toronto FC-Columbus Crew)
Any booking handed out for a celebration is a shocking rule that needs to be addressed sharpish and in the MLS it seems to be a regular occurrence.
Just over a couple of weeks ago I highlighted Eric Hassli’s crazy sending off during the Vancouver Whitecaps encounter with the New England Revolution.
The latest player to come a cropper is Toronto FC midfielder Tony Tchani who scored and then after receiving his second booking was sent off on Saturday night in the 1-1 draw with Columbus Crew.
There are a number of factors which make this sending off really harsh. To start with Tchani disputed his first yellow card, handed out just three minutes before his goal and subsequent red card.
Tchani: “On the first [yellow card] it wasn’t me; I didn’t push the guy — it was my teammate, I didn’t want to snitch on my teammate but it was my teammate who pushed the guy. Then the ref called me and gave me the yellow card, I was shocked. Then on the second one, I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ Then he gives me the red.”
Following Tchani’s goal, his first in the MLS, the 22-year-old Cameroon midfielder ran over the advertising hoardings and into the crowd, then ran all the way back to the centre circle before the referee whipped out a second yellow.
In his defence Tchani said afterwards: “I didn’t think it was stupid because I have seen games before that [players go into the crowd] all the time. I thought that for my first goal I had to give that to the fans.”