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MLS: Villa should’ve been sent off, but we’re not suspending him

Make sense of this one.

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Good news, everyone! The MLS disciplinary committee believes David Villa should have been sent off for his kick on Armando Cooper on Sunday night.

Rightly so - and that means Villa will serve a suspension when New York City FC host Toronto FC this weekend for a place in the Eastern Conference final.

Or does it?

So, that’s pretty remarkable. The basis of the decision, in short, is this: though the entire committee agreed Villa should have been sent off, his actions were not “reckless” or “egregious” enough to warrant a retrospective sanction.

This is an all-too-predictable cop-out to keep a league MVP candidate in the playoffs.

Interesting twist: Armando Cooper himself went through the exact same process and received a one-game suspension after not being sent off for the below incident just six weeks ago.