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Published: Thursday, May 12 2011 9:14 p.m. MDT

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ClickClock
Bountiful, UT

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?

Joe Moe
Logan, UT

ClickClock

I 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.

byronbca
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

myself
Salt Lake City, UT

I agree with Joe Moe
Put one more center ref on the field. It would help clean the game up so much. Then combine that with goal line technology.

ClickClock
Bountiful, UT

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?

JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

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.

Poqui
Murray, UT

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.

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