Talk about Sunday's refereeing disaster continues across the league. Hackworth says DC game had
plenty of "teachable moments." Valdes named to PST Team of the Week. MLS ranked 8th in the world
for pro soccer attendance. Mexico v USA top primetime broadcast. More news.
The New England Revolution were successful in the first-ever appeal of a red card under the
league's new system, getting Fernando Cardenas' fine and suspension for the card he received
Saturday against Real Salt Lake rescinded.
It's a rainy Tuesday in New England. The perfect type of day to spend a little extra time poking
around the internet and a little less time doing "work" or being "productive". What's that? You
don't know where to go or what to read? Oh, well, here... let us help you with that...
Decision to waive Mansally painful one for New England - MLSSoccer.
Following Sunday's refereeing debacle in DC, Nate Emeritz considers what might be done to improve
officiating and suggests US soccer should invest in a prominent model of mature (not perfect)
Scott, Ted, and Chris discuss on the recent developments in MLS and review the first third of
the season in MLS. Shawn Carroll also stops by to talk about the MLS Disciplinary Committee and the
overall state of refereeing in Major League Soccer. Also Scott finally reveals some predictions for
the rest of the season.
Editor's note: Wanted to promote this to the front as I
thought it was a good reflection. - Jeremiah
Particularly the way we lost last night -- in one of the most important games of the year, the
team fought hard but couldn't quite get the result that we wanted, and it felt like we were playing
12 on 11 for most of the game.
Somewhat hilariously, I forgot that I had a long-planned dinner engagement last night, so missed
both of yesterday's opening games of Euro 2012. I did remember to record them, but haven't had time
to watch them as yet. Never mind though, I have seen the highlights, which makes me perfectly
entitled to comment on what happened with considerable authority just like Alan Hansen does on
Match of the Day.
UEFA President Michel Platini was warned that any player who chooses to walk off the pitch in
protest over racist abuse at Euro 2012 will be booked for their insolence specifically singling out
Mario Balotelli, who has vowed to walk and/or kill any troglodyte fans that see fit to fling their
filth at him during the tournament.
This article titled "Euro 2012: Michel Platini warns of bookings for racism protest players" was
written by Dominic Fifield in Krakow, for The Guardian on Wednesday 6th June 2012 19.53 UTC
Michel Platini has warned players they will be booked if they walk off the pitch at Euro 2012 in
protest at being racially abused, though the Uefa president has empowered referees to halt matches
if the issue flares up during the tournament.
Thanks to the prevalence of racist incidents at domestic football matches in Poland and Ukraine,
racism has been a hot topic in the build-up to Euro 2012. Italy's Mario Balotelli weighed in on the
issue, saying he would simply walk off the pitch if he were subjected to racist abuse.
UEFA president Michel Platini, however, has insisted that Balotelli would have to stand there
and take his racist abuse, or risk earning a yellow card for leaving the field.
Controversial Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo has admitted that his poor officiating during
the 2009 Champions League semifinal between Chelsea and Barcelona cost the Premier League outfit a
second consecutive final appearance against Manchester United.
Ovrebo's clear confession should go a long way in settling the on-going debate regarding the
significance of his role in Barca's progression.
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas believes that despite Chelsea's current inconsistent form,
the Blues still remain a very difficult opponent to beat. Speaking during the pre-match press
conference, Fabregas maintained that Barca's defense will have to be in top form if they are to
stop Chelsea's counter attacks.
Some players have always gone down too easily, there is no denying that, and it happens on
numerous occasions in every game but the spotlight comes in high profile situations.
Speculation has been rife in recent weeks, especially with the actions of Manchester United's
Ashley Young. The pacy winger has won his side two crucial penalties in their title run-in despite
clearly going to ground far too easily on both occasions.
This week's addition of Major Link Soccer should help you get caught up on some of the Seattle
Sounders stories we haven't covered here yet. Somehow, despite writing at least three stories a
day, multiple FanShots and occasional FanPosts there is still other amazing Sounders related
content out there.
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If an El Salvadorian footballer dives in a forest but it's only streamed online.
In the weekend leading up to the MLS All-Star Game, some teams showed their dominance, while
others took steps in the wrong direction. Saturday saw Dallas FC make a complete mockery of the
Portland Timbers, who have now lost four in a row. Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls continued
their impressive home lossless streak, dispatching the Union 2-0.
And with the expulsion of several hundred kilos of confetti (UEFA bought a job-lot of silver
tokens off Richard O'Brien when the Crystal Maze folded) into the night sky in Kiev afterÂ 25 days,
31 games and 76 goals,Â the carnival is over.
Euro 2012 isn't the only international tournament taking place at the moment. In the Far East,
Malaysia and Singapore met in the Causeway Challenge today. Both tournaments have been blighted
with some strange refereeing. This video starts with Malaysia's goalkeeper having just saved a
1. The opening match of Euro 2012 was a tale of dodgy goalkeeping, dodgy refereeing and bags of
action. 2. Robert Lewandowski decided to show why Manchester United want him. Or why they don't
want him but lots of people think they do. Either way, he scored the first goal of the tournament.
3. Wojciech [.
Following the recent posts about officials in football, I thought it might be interesting to
consider refereeing in North America, compared with elsewhere. I do this, having been a certified
referee since 1970, and now retired from the Game after officiating at the [.
Ben Foster's injury withdrawal an hour before kick off turned out to be the best thing in
Arsenal's afternoon at the Hawthorns. The Gunners actually turned in a poor display but sparsely
played Martin Fulop who was Foster's stand in gifted the visiting side all their goals.
Thanks to a great link Phil sent to me we can have a further look at the PGMOL and the referees.
The article itself can be found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17668965 and it really
is an interesting article where former world cup referee Clive Thomas is very critical about the
standard of refereeing.
One could blame poor refereeing. Or a lack of effort. Or that the Seattle Sounders played
without passion. That would be passing off the blame. It wasn't in Seattle's head, or referee Mark
Geiger's. Seattle was out played. Poor passing out from the backline compounded by poor passing in
In the latest installment of the Philly Soccer Show podcast,Â are joined by Seattle Sounders
head coach Sigi Schmid.
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid joins co-hosts Greg Orlandini of KYWNewsradio and PSP's Eli
Pearlman-Storch to discuss the powerful Western Conference, including the surprising San Jose
Earthquakes, Eddie Johnson and his return from Europe, Osvaldo Alonso's midfield dominance, as well
as concerns about refereeing across the league.
Dave Bryan looks on stonily as Roberto Martinez gives him a piece of his mind
Wigan was robbed of a win against Chelsea by an incompetent linesman. Dave Bryan was guilty of
letting both Branislav Ivanovic and Juan Mata's goal stand although they were clearly off side, the
first more so than the second.
I am no Chelsea fan but one has to see the positive in tonight's result that sees Barcelona go
crashing out of the Champions League against all the odds. Â It was just fantastic to see
Barcelona's cheating not pay. Many of us Gooners went on about the dodgy refereeing and Barcelona
cheating which robbed us in last year's knockout stages, the same happened to Chelsea tonight.
AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic was utterly disgusted by the refereeing at his side's 3-1 defeat
to Barcelona at the Nou Camp last might and it is obvious to understand why. Milan were looking to
make it to the semi final for the first time since 2007 when they were crowned European
Arsenal took down Manchester City, and some interesting refereeing decisions helped Manchester
United beat QPR and Chelsea beat Wigan, respectively... Now the games come thick and fast and while
the race for third and fourth is WIDE open (Chelsea, Arsenal, ... Continue reading â†’
The refereeing error by Keith Stroudand his officiating team will be talked about for a long time and how is it that these guys don't seem to know the rules of the game? That's their job after all. Stroud had to issue an apology after the game after he disallowed Matt Ritchie's penalty for encroachment, [.
It's not usually the done thing on here to blame the referee for the result â€“ it's the sort of thing that you like to leave for the club on the other side of town but last night's 0-0 draw at home to Lazio was pretty ridiculous. If Clint Dempsey were voting here, he would probably argue that his goal was the most obvious, "I thought I was level with the line, it was a good ball from Bale and as it went in I thought I'd opened my account but it was waved offside," he said.
Start printing the banners and begin tying red ribbons to the Premier League trophy. Barring a
miracle, Manchester United are going to be the champions of England.
Manchester City continued their terrible run of form with a 1-0 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates
and the so-called "noisy neighbors" fall eight points behind United in the race for the Premier
League title with six games to play.