One thing that can improve right away is to get rid of the "manage the game
with words, not whistle" approach that referees have. If you show a card,
even in the first minute of play then players know what to expect. But right
now the attitude is, "let's see how they are playing and let's try to mold
them into the team we are comfortable watching today." Bull, just card and
go. Kyle Beckerman would be in deep doo doo because that's his MO, foul hard in
the first five minutes because refs don't card you and see what they will allow.
How can the MLS develop into a world wide event if all of their stars are
consistently hacked and their legs broken? From the printed articles that I
have read on the incidents, there are personal issues that need to be evaluated
from the standpoint of "racial" ethics. In a number of incidents in
sports such as hockey, there has been a consideration of taking these incidents
to the legal system for prosecution as assaults. This is actually what these
incidents are. However, the leagues are allowed to "police" their
own. As in hockey and in several instances in football and possibly baseball
(such as Tony Conigliaro), there have been attempts to access the legal system.
This may have to be a consideration considered for MLS.
It is all good and well to talk to each other over an anonymous message board
about it, but I would hope all of you would have done what I have: written to
MLS directors and RSL about the issue and stating that until the ref issue is
taken care of I would be very hesitant to buy season tickets to games, let alone
a single ticket. I only want to pay for high quality entertainment and right now
MLS isn't offering that.As for MLS just doing what the rest of the
world is doing... Why not jump out there and be an example. Why follow a broken
system just because everyone else is doing it?
I agree with Joe MoePut one more center ref on the field. It would help
clean the game up so much. Then combine that with goal line technology.
Some thing should be done but the MLS showed after Morales's injury that nothing
will be done. A $1,500 fine for recklessly ending a stars season is petty cash
even for a player making the league minimum of 42K.If you raise that
fine to $5,000 dollars for players making the minimum who are in there just to
be hacks then they will start thinking twice before making reckless tackles.
ClickClockI agree that soccer could benefit from a revamped
refereeing system. But that wouldn't have changed this event; the referee was
right where he needed to be, saw the whole thing from ten yards away, from start
to finish, and immediately made the correct call.Also, soccer
worldwide is refereed by three judges; how logical is it to change that for the
MLS only? Although, again, I personally like the idea of changing the system,
perhaps more like American football does it, with every arbiter having a flag in
his pocket...and having four or five instead of just three.
The disciplinary council isn't what needs reworking, the whole refereeing system
needs to be reworked. Having one ref and two sideline judges for a total of 22
players is going to be a flawed system from the beginning. I know MLS is trying
to be consistent with tradition and such, but uping the number of refs and
making the rules more clear and more consistently enforced will stop bad soccer
way before huge suspensions and fines will.It is just like speeding
tickets. Higher tickets aren't going to stop people from speeding because we all
have the mentality of "it can't happen to me, there aren't enough cops to
catch me." However, if there were more cops, you wouldn't speed when you
saw them. Dumb example, but soccer needs more refs. Football, basketball,
baseball, even hockey all have more. What makes soccer so different?