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NWSL rescinds Sarah Bouhaddi red card

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Independent Review Panel determines foul did not deny obvious goal-scoring opportunity.

Chicago Red Stars v OL Reign Photo by Jane Gershovich/ISI Photos/Getty Images

The NWSL announced today that its Independent Review Panel has rescinded OL Reign goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi’s red card, which she received in the 70th minute of Sunday’s game against Kansas City. The Reign appealed the card, arguing that the foul, which occurred just outside the 18-yard-box, did not deny an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.

As seen in the video clip above, the first touch by KC’s Jéssica Silva was heavy, pushing the ball wide of goal and quickly toward the endline. Additionally, Reign defender Alana Cook was rapidly closing on Silva and likely could have challenged for the ball if Silva had gotten past Bouhaddi cleanly. After calling the foul, referee Karen Abt conferred with the near-side assistant referee before deciding to issue the red card.

Although the Review Panel did not give a specific reason for their decision, all disciplinary actions related to the foul have been rescinded, meaning Bouhaddi is eligible for selection in OL Reign’s next match, at Chicago Red Stars on Sunday, July 18.