NYCFC boss Vieira weighs in on recent rash of red cards in MLS

MATT KREMKAU

by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

With red cards being issued at the second-highest rate in 15 years, players and coaches have weighed in with their views about the league’s officiating.

Although his side have yet to see a red card this season, New York City FC boss Patrick Vieira said he’s seen some of the red cards issued by MLS referees, including those by Mark Geiger — who will officiate Sunday’s match against the Chicago Fire.

“I believe that some of the red cards I saw last weekend were really harsh,” Vieira told reporters after practice on Thursday.

While the narrative in the North America has been to skewer the refs this season, Vieira is quick to point out that suspect calls are not just a problem in Major League Soccer.

“I personally believe that sometimes the referees, not just in this country but in England where I spent most of my time, referees are making decisions too quickly,” he said. “I think before issuing a red card, they need to look around a little and see the reaction of the players…take a few moments before making a decision because a decision like that can have a big impact on the game.”

For what it’s worth, Vieira sided with Geiger’s decision to let play continue during the buildup to the New England Revolution‘s goal last weekend.