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The Definitive Angle: MLS Week 24

The Definitive Angle is PRO’s analysis of the week’s Video Review use in MLS.

Week 24 overview
There was one Video Review during Week 24.

RBNY vs DC: Review for penalty kick (handball) – not given

What Happened: A shot by Paul Arriola (DC) from just outside the New York Red Bulls penalty area was blocked by Sean Nealis (RBNY). The referee allowed play to continue.

On-field decision: Corner kick.
Type of review: Penalty kick.
Final decision after review: Penalty kick and yellow card (SPA).
Length of review: 1:42.

PRO’s Opinion: The ball had been blocked by the left arm of Nealis, which was extended away from his body in a position which was making him unnaturally bigger. A caution for Nealis was also correct for the offense of stopping a promising attack by handball.

This was the correct outcome, reached through an efficient and effective use of the Video Review system to rectify a clear and obvious error.

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