The MLS administration has recently decided that Gabriel Farfan’s reckless sliding tackle in the Philadelphia Union’s game against Chivas USA is worthy of a more lengthy suspension than 1 game from a red card. Farfan, who in the 85thminute slid into the back of Chivas defender James Riley, not only injured Riley, but started a melee surrounding the area where 2 other people were ejected.
After reviewing the tape, it was divulged that Farfan’s tackle was certainly worth numerous games. Philadelphia has had a lack of leadership this year with a number of suspensions having been given out to Union members and their coach, Peter Nowak.
The MLS committee added, “The challenge was reckless and endangered Riley’s safety.” It was also said that his fining was for “the egregious nature of the challenge itself as well as for failing to leave the field in an orderly manner.”
Farfan has been a key midfielder this year in the Union lineup. His absence will be missed, and most likely will be filled by midfielder Amobi Okugo. Okugo started in Farfan’s first game out against San Jose that Philadelphia lost 2-1. Farfan will be out for the Union’s game against the Seattle Sounders on May 5th, the MLS Game of the Week, and against the rival New York Red Bulls on may 13th.