On Saturday night, both the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC had players sent off. As is the case with most of the times a ref brandishes the red card, there were many howls of protest. And, we’re seeing more and more fans question why MLS refs are punishing infractions more severely than they have in the past.
Many will argue that Matias Laba’s sending-off on Saturday night wasn’t warranted, that he was making a legitimate slide tackle on the ball. Toronto FC fans will argue that Benoit Cheyrou’s, ahem, “elbow” didn’t warrant his second yellow of the evening.
The growing theme amongst MLS supporters is not what the refs are missing, but what they’re calling. Phantom fouls that result in penalties, red cards for harsh but not-that-dirty tackles.
Damn straight that refs are calling the games more closely and more harshly than ever before. And guess what? It’s because fans and the league asked them to do it that way, that’s why. Before griping about the calls we’re seeing, remember this…
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.
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