Bruce Arena on de Jong red card: ‘Nigel needs to show better judgement’

Mark J. Terrill/The Associated Press

Mark J. Terrill/The Associated Press

Midfielder Nigel de Jong will miss the Galaxy’s next MLS game as he picked up a red card for a tackle on Blas Perez.

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said de Jong “needs to show better judgement” and that he didn’t think that tackle was a good one by any means. Arena thought de Jong got angry after getting elbowed on the previous play.

De Jong will be suspended for the Galaxy’s June 9 game against Seattle at CenturyLink Field. He previously served a three-game suspension for a tackle on Darlington Nagbe earlier this year. That suspension bled into a time spent recovering from an injury.

Vancouver head coach Carl Robinson declined to say whether he thought de Jong deserved a lengthy suspension for the tackle, saying simply “Nigel is a competitor.”

De Jong was initially given a yellow card, but saw red after referee Robert Sigiba waved off the first card. Sigiba said his initial reaction was a yellow card, but changed to a red after consulting with his referee crew. It was the second straight MLS game in which the a Galaxy player received a straight red card after first seeing a yellow card.

While Arena called the red card “valid,” he said it is “awkward” when referees show yellow cards first, then change their decisions.


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