Revolution forward Fernando Cardenas had a red card called against him May 5 against Real Salt Lake overturned, meaning his one-game suspension and fine have been rescinded by MLS.
An independent review panel consisting of representatives of the Canadian Soccer Association, the Professional Referee Organization and US Soccer unanimously determined that Cardenas was incorrectly shown the red card in the 81st minute (click here for video). The Revolution had appealed the red card under a review process that was instituted this season.
“We’re very pleased Fernando Cardenas’ red card has been overturned and he will be available this weekend," Revolution general manager Michael Burns said in a statement. "When the red-card appeal process was introduced this offseason, teams knew that there was a high standard for the type of call that would be considered and that there were serious penalties for frivolous challenges. We’ve had what we’ve felt were a number of questionable calls against us this year.
"However, in this case, Fernando did not even make contact with the opposing player on Saturday and was still sent off for a ‘serious foul on a tackle.’ We disagreed with the call so vehemently that we felt we had no choice but to appeal. As the video confirmed and the review panel recognized, Fernando never made contact with the opposing player and his red card was correctly lifted.”