Canadian star Alphonso Davies was sent off on Saturday in Bayern Munich’s 4-0 win over VfB Stuttgart.
The 20-year-old Edmonton full-back first received a yellow card in the 11th minute after catching Wataru Endo’s foot with a challenge. A minute later, play was cut short as Daniel Schlager made his way to the sideline to review the incident on a monitor.
Back on the field, Schlager reached into his pocket and produced a red.
The incident occurred following a throw-in by Davies. The Canadian handed the ball to Robert Lewandowski, who returned it with Endo in pursuit. Davies’ first contact was poor and things got worse when he rushed to retrieve the ball, catching Endo’s foot / ankle with his crampons.
The red card hasn’t slowed down Bayern, who notched four goals – three from Lewandowski – in the first half at the Allianz Arena. Austria international David Alaba took over at the back of his midfielder role.
Davies will miss Bayern’s high-profile clash with second-placed RB Leipzig on April 3 when the Bundesliga resumes after the international break in March.
Davies is expected to receive another call for Canada next week ahead of the World Cup playoffs against Bermuda and the Cayman Islands on March 25-28.
17 selections for Canada
Bermuda’s game is officially a home game for Canada, but it will be played in Orlando, Florida due to travel restrictions linked to the pandemic. The Cayman Islands moved Game 2 to Bradenton, Fla. For the same reason.
Davies won 17 caps for Canada, with five goals and seven assists.
The speedster was also sent off for a second yellow card in a Bundesliga game last June against Werder Bremen.
And he saw red in Canada’s friendly 2-0 victory over Jamaica in Toronto in September 2017.
Davies, then 16, was sent off in the 75th minute for sending Damion Lowe out of Jamaica after the two tangled in the corner at BMO Field. Lowe had apparently precipitated the incident by pushing the Canadian.
Davies later apologized on social media.
Canada’s roster for CONCACAF Olympic qualifiers
Goalkeepers: Sebastian Breza, Bologna (Italy); Matthew Nogueira, CS Maritimo (Portugal); James Pantemis, CF Montreal (MLS).
Defenders: Zorhan Bassong, CF Montreal (MLS); Zachary Brault-Guillard, CF Montreal (MLS); Derek Cornelius, Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS); Marcus Godinho, FSV Zwickau (Germany); Thomas Meilleur-Giguere, Pacific FC (CPL); Callum Montgomery, Minnesota United FC (MLS).
Midfielders: Michael Baldisimo, Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS); Aidan Daniels, Oklahoma City Energy FC (USL Championship); Lucas Dias, Sporting Lisbon (Portugal); Patrick Metcalfe, Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS); David Norman, Cavalry FC (CPL) Ryan Raposo, Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS).
Attackers: Theo Bair, Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS); Charles-Andreas Brym, Royal Excel Mouscron (Belgium); Tajon Buchanan, New England Revolution (MLS); Ballou Tabla, CF Montreal (MLS); Kris Twardek, Jagiellonia (Poland).