Jul 2, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Toronto FC forward Luke Moore (27) is issued a red card against the Chicago Fire during the first half at Toyota Park. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Luke Moore given straight red card in TFC-Chicago Fire clash (VIDEO)


Toronto FC and the Chicago Fire drew 1-1 at Toyota Park on Wednesday night, but the match wasn’t short on drama as a sending off dramatically changed the complexion of the match when in the 29th minute a Toronto FC player was given a straight red card, putting the 4th place club in the Eastern Conference down a man for an hour of the match.

Luke Moore was given a sending off for inadvertently elbowing the Fire’s Chris Ritter during a 50/50 aerial challenge off of a Chicago goal kick. Ritter immediately went to ground with a head injury, ultimately needing a head wrap to continue after drawing the red card.

The call was a bit harsh on Moore, who was not intending to elbow the Fire player but made a cynical challenge in jumping too early and too high before crashing down on Ritter’s head with his elbow. The call easily could have been a yellow, but Moore put himself in danger of being at the mercy of the official and cost his team dearly by being just a little bit too reckless.

Following is photo/video of Moore’s foul that led to the red card so you can judge for yourselves whether Moore deserved the straight red card or not.

Did Moore deserve his sending off? Or was the ref a bit too harsh to give a straight red card in the 29th minute? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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