Aron Johannsson faces a suspension after being sent off with a straight red card on Saturday afternoon, but the U.S. Men’s National Team forward insists the dismissal was a result of miscommunication.
The Werder Bremen forward contributed an assist in Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Fabian Johnson’s Borussia Monchengladbach, but it was Johannsson’s 80th minute dismissal that headlined the striker’s day. Following what Johannsson viewed as a clear handball, the forward shouted towards referee Tobias Stieler. Seconds later, Stieler was reaching for a straight red card for what Johannsson says was a misunderstanding.
According to Johannsson’s version of events, the forward shouted, “‘It’s a f—ing handball, referee!” as he protested the call. However, the forward says Stieler interpreted Johannsson as saying “F— you, referee,” prompting the dismissal.
Johannsson says that he attempted to talk to Stieler after the match, but the referee “stayed with his view”. As a result, Johannsson faces a suspension from Bundesliga play which could number two or three games.
Werder Bremen, who are without a point so far this season, recently fired manager Viktor Skrupnik ahead of a clash with Mainz on Wednesday.