Canada Soccer to review red card appeals by Forge and Cavalry

Canada Soccer confirmed on Monday that it is reviewing red card appeals it has received from Forge FC and Cavalry FC after both teams saw one of their players kicked out of Leg 1 of the Canadian Premier League Finals this past weekend.

Forge earned a 1-0 win in the opener of the two-legged series at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field on Saturday, but the game wasn’t without controversy.

Cavalry was forced to play a man down after defender Joel Waterman was issued a red card in the 37th minute for handling the ball inside the penalty area – he earned the expulsion after it was deemed he denied a clear scoring opportunity.

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Tensions boiled over in the 69th minute when Forge attacker Tristan Borges and Cavs defender Jay Wheeldon crashed into each other while challenging for a 50/50 ball. A small a melee ensued, and Borges was shown a red card as he was judged to have kicked out at Wheeldon.

Red cards also carry a one-game suspension, which means both Waterman and Borges, the CPL’s top scorer with 13 goals, would be suspended for Leg 2 of Finals 2019 on Saturday at ATCO Field in Calgary.

Canada Soccer stated on Monday that its Discipline Committee will review the appeal claims of both clubs and make its determination prior to Leg 2 of the Canadian Premier League Finals.

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