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June 1, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Sounders FC Sigi Schmid on MLS officiating and his team

(On how your team has dealt with referee adversity after you questioned your players arguing with them…) “We fight for our team as a coaching staff every week. Whether it’s on calls to the refereeing director Paul Tamberino. Sending them video tapes and clips of things that we have questions on. Filling out our reports. I’m always talking to the fourth official, you know, those things. So we fight for our team. I think we do get fouled a lot. I think some of the fouls don’t get called because I think referees talk to each other. And I know they’re supposed to come into games unbiased, but it’s hard to come unbiased when they feel that somebody has, in their minds, a tendency or reputation to maybe go down a little too easy. So as a result then sometimes fouls don’t get called. Fouls that are legitimate calls. And we need referees to come into our games and view games with an open mind, and call what’s a foul and not make assumptions, just like they don’t want us to make assumptions. So from that standpoint I think we deserve a little more than we’ve been getting. From the standpoint of how we’ve responded to that, I think a referee is like anybody else. If you show him up publicly, he’s ego is going to get hurt and he’s not going to want to give you something. If you can do it in a way that’s not as public, then he’s maybe more (likely) to give in a little bit. Certainly it’s difficult when you’ve been wronged not to sometimes show your anger. That’s going to happen too. It’s a natural reaction. Think of all of us in our private lives, when something happens or somebody does something that angers us or hurts us, you’re reaction isn’t always going to be as composed as you want it to be. But the thing is you’re in front of 20,000 people or 30,000 people when you react like that. So nobody knows and by the time they talk to you, you’re calmed down and everyone thinks, ‘Wow! What a great rational individual this guy is.’ But you’re initial reaction is going to be upset, and my initial reaction is I’m upset on the sideline. But when you have a big crowd, the referee’s not going to hear me screaming at him. If I’m so demonstrative that the referee hears me screaming at him then I’m probably not on the sidelines very long because I’ve gotten red carded , but I certainly try to get the message across to the fourth official and let them know right there. So it’s really a catch-22. The answer to the question ‘Did we do better?’ — at times we did better. But right now, I think the referees need to I think treat us a little more fairly than they’ve treated us in the past games.

(Continued) “I don’t want people out there to think that I think because of the refereeing we are not getting the results. We need to play better soccer. We need to score goals. But on the same token, I don’t think we have been treated fairly either.”

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