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Ref admits red carding Gonzalez was ‘harsh’

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Aug. 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm with 3 Comments »
August 18, 2010 3:06 pm

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 :

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.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. Big applause to Alex Prus for winning this week’s installment of “Biggest Understatement by an MLS Official.” DR is right – horrible call. Nice to see refs falling all over themselves to admit mistakes to Seattle teams, yet still finding a way to bungle their efforts.

  2. I’m glad he at least fessed up. Still think MLS should be able to take back the suspension/fine.

  3. joepublic says:

    I take full responsibility, but it wasn’t my call.


    I wonder what Ricardo Salazar says on his twitter.

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