MLS Commissioner fines three coaches for criticizing refs

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It’s Friday afternoon, which means it’s time for uncomfortable news. Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has fined coaches Bruce Arena, Peter Vermes, and Caleb Porter for their criticism of referees following last week’s matches.

Per league policy, the amount of the fines was undisclosed.

Arena took issue with Jose Carlos Rivero sending Leonardo off during the Galaxy’s loss to San Jose. “If you’re going to give a yellow card, I’m going to maybe say OK, but I don’t even think it’s a yellow card. I think the entire officiating crew didn’t do a good job, I don’t even know if it’s a foul, and he’s not the last player… it’s a bad piece of officiating.”

“We did more than enough to walk away from here with three points, unfortunately the decisions of the referee on the first goal for them brought them back into the game and unfortunatley we walk away with zero,” said Vermes following his team’s loss. He felt that Jorge Gonzalez should have whistled for a foul on the tackle that won Colorado the ball prior to their first goal.

Porter was upset by both of Seattle’s goals in Portland’s loss to their Cascadia rivals. One was on a penalty kick, and the other after Obafemi Martins may have fouled a defender in winning the ball. “I thought the official was very poor. I’ll stick with the theme of coaches complaining this week, but the reality is I call a spade a spade, and the official was very poor today.”

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  • Anonymous

    Three of the biggest cry babies in the league, the only guy missing is Ben Olsen.

  • Jukebox Pony

    Fined for using this country’s freedom of speech law.

    • Ulrich

      Not quite. As long as somebody isn’t making threatening remarks, one can say anything they want in the country and they won’t be placed in jail, but that doesn’t mean it won’t have consequences in their work place. You’ll learn about that in civics class later this year.

    • slowleftarm

      Geez, did Jukebox Pony goes to law school with Leo Glickman? The “freedom of speech law” aka the First Amendment, applies to the government, not a private entity like MLS.

  • soccerfan

    No wonder mls is boring

  • The Don

    This is MLS. I am deeply opposed to free speech and capitalism. In MLS, you do as I say or I have Sunil toss you a beatin’.

    Everyone sing, “I’m the kinda Garber whose built to last; If you mess with me, I stick a foot in your ass!”

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