MLS rescinds Aurelien Collin suspension (with video)

07/18/2014 11:36 AM

07/18/2014 3:08 PM

An independent review panel voted Friday to rescind the red card shown to Sporting Kansas City defender Aurelien Collin two days earlier, the league announced.

Collin will be available for Saturday’s match against the LA Galaxy.

He was given a straight red card Wednesday for a high challenge against Columbus’ Adam Bedell, a 6-foot-7 forward. Sporting KC won the match 2-1.

Here is video of the play in question (Android users click here):

Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes voiced his displeasure with the call after the match and said the club would appeal.

“The red card, unfortunately, it’s ridiculous,” Vermes said. “What’s very frustrating is when you look at us play, there’s no doubt we’re an aggressive team. But at the same time, when people grab our guys, we fight through tackles. We don’t dive and roll around. And unfortunately that was rewarded in the game.”

Sporting Kansas City’s appeal of the red card was unanimously upheld by a three-member panel. Collin avoided a one-game suspension with decision. He is expected to be in the starting lineup against the Galaxy at 5 p.m. Saturday at Sporting Park.

“Were trying to get some continuity with our team right now ... and now to lose a player because of something that didn’t actually occur would have (forced) us to change a considerable amount,” Vermes said. “To keep some continuity with the team is very important.”

Collin received the first straight red card of his career in a match against New England on April 26.

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