"That's one of the issues with these unsanctioned leagues. There isn't that control and discipline behind the scenes that result in coaches or players being suspended or teams being kicked out if they persist in this too long," said Bellion, adding he's speaking for himself and not on behalf of U.S. Soccer.
La Liga Continental hired off-duty police officers to work security at games this past weekend.
Dick Friedman, chairman of the Utah State Soccer Referee Committee, said on-field behavior reflects the tone the league sets for coaches, players and spectators.
"So much of what happens on the field can influenced by the governing bodies, what happens on the sidelines, and the emphasis coaches put on various aspects of the game," he said.
"That's controllable. The uncontrollables are the numbers of folks that watch the games and the attitude they bring to the game. That very quickly spills onto the field."
Friedman said spectators and coaches need to understand referees are people just like they are.
"Referees put their pants on one leg at a time just like they do. They have kids. They have grandkids," he said. "They're just like you and I."
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