Houston Dynamo defender Alejandro Fuenmayor was ejected in the 14th minute of a match against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night.
Fuenmayor leapt into the air to try to get his head on ab all heading toward SKC’s 16-year-old Gianluca Busio. Instead, Fuenmayor slammed his shoulder into the back of Busio’s head. The broadcasters calling the match disagreed with the red card, saying it was “just mistimed” and should have been a yellow. On social media, reaction to the play was mixed. Many thought it was a violent play deserving of a red card.
The Dynamo managed to keep the game scoreless until the 74th minute. SKC’s Diego Rubio scored the go-ahead goal off an assist from Busio. Check out a replay of the red card incident in the video above, and social media reactions below. You can see match stats here. Read a full recap and find highlights and photos here.
Even if it wasn't intentional, Fuenmayor put a late forearm to Busio's head w/ no chance at the ball. That has to be a straight red card if player safety is going to be valued. Malice or intent doesn't matter at that point. No way VAR should've overturned it. #SportingKC #HOUvSKC
— Eric Atcheson, the Esoteric Cleric (@RevEricAtcheson) August 5, 2018
Hard foul. Fuenmayor has a terrible foul on the kid Gianluca Busio and gets an immediate red. Busio taken off on a stretcher and Fuenmayor will be suspended for the next match. Houston down to 10 men.
Elis was given a yellow for arguing.
0-0 | #HOUvSKC
— Riley James 🇫🇷 (@RileyJamesIAC) August 5, 2018
Red card is absolutely the right call against Fuenmayor. A direct blow to the back of the head is a straight red, always. #SKCvHOU
— Mark ⚽️ (@Techno007) August 5, 2018
You could apply that vague rationale to many fouls. Quality officiating of course about more than that. That foul, in that situation, & with force Fuenmayor brought, was not deserving of a red. Yellow, I’ll give you, but red, no. Penso inserted himself in the game. Major no-no
— Martin Hajovsky (@MartinHajovsky) August 5, 2018
@eddie_robinson2, @GlennDavisSoc, @ChrisCanetti – I cant believe Eddie is trying to rationalize Fuenmayor’s action. He was reckless and could have seriousky injured the opponent. That red care was well- deserved
— ShaunClarke (@ShaunClarke1960) August 5, 2018
Red card for Fuenmayor. Replay doesn't seem to justify it. Fuenmayor got him pretty good, but that's a yellow.
— Derek Stowers (@dStowers410) August 5, 2018
— Omar Hernandez (@OmarinTexas) August 5, 2018
Red card to Fuenmayor or should have been only yellow? #InstantReplay
— Quinn Michaud (@QLM1716) August 5, 2018
Here’s how you know the Fuenmayor red is the right call: if you make a hit that would get you suspended in the **NHL**, it’s probably a red card. #HOUvSKC
— Soccer guy (@Revs_fan_in_USA) August 5, 2018
— Samuel Juárez (@jsjuarezjr) August 5, 2018