MLS referee Alex Prus has admitted he made a mistake in issuing a red card to Sounders defender Leo Gonzalez in the Saturday game at Chivas USA — or at least comes close to admitting that.
Here is the relevant series of tweets from twitter.com/alexprus :
After emotions are down a little bit let analyze Gonzales/ Trujillo incident in my last game. After review my tape red to Gonzales harsh.
Even though Gonzales was instigator he did not make a contact above shoulders like I was told by my crew member on the field.
Not having the best view of the incident acted on opinion of my crew members. Saying that I am taking full responsibility for this call.
In officiating we survive as a team and sink as a team. As a head referee I take the blame even though it wasn’t really my decision.
Great learning experience. Because referee is showing card, calls pk doesn’t always means that he is making a call.
It’s nice to admit mistakes, however, that red card to Leo Gonzalez wasn’t a harsh call, it was a horrible call. And taking blame but then adding, “even though it wasn’t really my decision,” well, that serves as a reminder that sometimes you’re better off not using all of those allotted 140 characters per post.