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Did Beckham deserve yellow or red card?

On June 30, 2012, in an entertaining game before the sellout crowd of 50,000 that saw a total of seven goals scored, San Jose Earthquakes defeated LA Galaxy 4:3. The spectators witnessed a flurry of goals and their home team clawing back from a 1:3 deficit to win the game 4:3. There was another goal -- a game wining goal -- by a league leading scorer Chris Wondolowski in the 61st minute of the game and also a spectacular goal by David Beckham in the 31st minute of the game. But Beckham was also involved in another - much less glamorous - incident in the 93rd minute of the game which almost caused a melee between the two teams.

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Analysis of misapplied penalty kick procedure.

In the 62nd minute of a recent FC Dallas vs. Chicago Fire game, MLS referee Mr. Hilario Grajeda awarded a penalty kick to Chicago Fire. Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman saved Sebastian Grazzini’s shot, but another Chicago Fire striker, Marco Pappa, pounced on the rebound and knocked the ball into the net. Pappa, however, entered the penalty area well before his teammate Grazzini struck the ball (see the picture to the left and the video below). In other words, Pappa entered the penalty area illegally and the referee should have disallowed the goal. In addition, the footage from the game showed that another player from FC Dallas also illegally entered the penalty before the kick was taken. Therefore, the referee should have disallowed the goal and should have ordered the penalty kick to be retaken.

 

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MLS referee, Jorge Gonzales, sends off Adu for simulation!

We hate diving! Unfortunately, diving or “simulation” has long been the scourge of world soccer and FIFA has made repeated attempts, with varying degrees of success, to eradicate it from its competitions. MLS has also stated that it would not tolerate diving.  In fact, back in 2011, following a suspension of a former D.C. United forward Charlie Davies for diving during a game between DC United and Real Salt Lake, MLS stated that “all instances of behavior that serve to deceive and that directly impact the game will be subject to severe discipline, including a fine, suspension or both.” 

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Revolution wins first ever red-card appeal!

Last week Major League Soccer announced that the MLS Disciplinary Committee has decided to rescind Fernando Cardenas’ red-card suspension. Unlike many other leagues, MLS has empowered the MLS Disciplinary Committee to review all games and all incidents that occur during regular season and MLS Cup Playoff games. Thus, under the rules governing the MLS Disciplinary Committee, clubs do not even need to request a review.  We believe that the review process set up by the league is of great benefit to the league, teams and players.  In fact, the Committee’s decision to rescind Cardenas' red-card suspension serves as a perfect example for why the review process set up by the league should be emulated elsewhere.

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Analysis of a (missed) offside - DC United v. FC Dallas game.

In this article, we are highlighting a no-offside decision that was made by the assistant referee in the game between DC United and FC Dallas.  As the video clip rather indisputably shows, when the ball was played , Blas Perez of FC Dallas was clearly in an offside position.  However, as all referees and students of the Laws of the Game should know, simply being in an offside position is not an offense.  The Laws of the Game require more.  Thus, before we start passing our judgment on the assistant referee’s decision, let’s review waht happened (see video below), analyze the applicable law and then apply it to the situation at hand.

 

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