In a move that will come as no surprise to anyone that was watching Saturday’s Canadian Premier League Finals first leg, both Forge FC and Cavalry FC have appealed their respective red cards, sources tell Waking the Red.
The Forge FC red card, which Golden Boot leader Tristan Borges received for kicking out at Cavalry defender Jay Wheeldon, was a harsh booking to say at the least, as it appeared that Borges didn’t really make much contact with Wheeldon.
Unbelievable scenes here at Tim Hortons Field. @tristandborges is shown a red after getting tackled by Jay Wheeldon. He will miss the Second Leg.— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) October 26, 2019
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The red card was for violent conduct, but if you look closely, Wheeldon certainly made the most of it, and to call that violent conduct would be a very harsh decision.
Here’s a slowed down clip of it, which seems to show that Wheeldon dove over Borges, to take advantage of the kicking motion from the Forge playmaker.
The referee on Saturday also sent off Cavalry FC’s Joel Waterman in the first half. After 24 hours of speculation, we now know that Cavalry have also appealed the red card call on their centre-back.
Waterman denied a Tristan Borges goalscoring opportunity in the 37th minute, seemingly using his arm to knock the ball away, but that’s now for the Canadian Soccer Association to decide.
Drama at Tim Hortons Field. @CPLCavalryFC's Joel Waterman sent off following a hand ball in the box. Tristan Borges to take the penalty...— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) October 26, 2019
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According to OneSoccer’s Oliver Platt, they had 24 hours to send their appeals to the CSA, and not the Canadian Premier League.