Jermaine Jones's MLS season is over, and his next one isn't likely to start on time.
A furious Jones went directly after referee Mark Geiger in the closing minutes of the New England Revolution's 2-1 playoff loss to D.C. United in Washington, D.C., Wednesday night, getting sent off in the process. Jones made contact with Geiger after making a beeline for him following a no-call on a would-be handball that would've given the Revs a chance to equalize from the penalty spot.
The call in question happened when Jones, in the D.C. box, tried to play the ball around Sean Franklin. The United defender appeared to have the ball hit off his arm, but Geiger let play go on, and Jones made a direct sprint–in the second of three minutes of stoppage time–to Geiger before having to be restrained by teammates. A lengthy suspension likely beckons, and the MLS Disciplinary Committee will have plenty of time to review the incident before handing down its ruling.
Geiger defended his call following the game:
Watch the entire sequence below:
It's not the first time Jones had a heated exchange with Geiger this season, either. In another D.C.-New England clash, back on May 23, this happened after Jones was whistled for bumping Davy Arnaud: