Sporting Kansas City’s Aurelien Collin’s Suspension Rescinded

Posted In News - By Bryan Ashlock On Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 With 1 Comment

The MLS Disciplinary committee announced today that the red card suspension of Sporting Kansas City central defender Aurelien Collin will be lifted. Collin received a straight red card for his involvement in an altercation during the Sporting Kansas City and New England Revolution match over the weekend.

The altercation occurred after Collin committed a hard, but legal challenge on New England goalkeeper Matt Reis. Several Revolution players surrounded Collin and Reis who were laying on the ground. As Collin stood up his teammate (and stand-in defensive midfielder), Birahim Diop, reached across his shoulder to push New England’s Benny Feilhaber away; Feilhaber crumpled to the ground. Referee Edvin Jurisevic then subsequently issued the card to Collin, who had already been shown a yellow card in the game.

Major League Soccer issued the following statement in the most recent disciplinary summary, sent to clubs today:

US Soccer reviewed the red card issued to A. Collin and determined that the incident was a case of mistaken identity with B. Diop.  As a result A. Collin will no longer be suspended for the next league match. The MLS Disciplinary Committee reviewed the play and ruled that no sanctions against B. Diop were warranted.  Therefore, both B. Diop and A. Collin are eligible to play in their next match against New York Red Bulls.

Having Collin back will be a nice boost for Kansas City, a team that has suffered persistent defensive lapses during their season-opening 10-game road trip.

About Bryan Ashlock - Soccer aficionado living in Atlanta. Contributor to Cartilage Free Captain, a Tottenham Hotspur blog on SBNation. Follow me on twitter @BryanAshlock

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