According to the Twitter account @alexprus, which I have no reason to believe isn’t referee Alex Prus, the red card in stoppage time of Sounders FC’s 0-0 draw against Chivas USA was deemed “harsh” by the man in charge.
In fact, here’s what he apparently tweeted regarding that decision upon second look (highlight here on MLSsoccer.com). There’s more after the jump:
After emotions are down a little bit let analyze Gonzales/ Trujillo incident in my last game. After review my tape red to Gonzales harsh.
Even though Gonzales was instigator he did not make a contact above shoulders like I was told by my crew member on the field.
Not having the best view of the incident acted on opinion of my crew members. Saying that I am taking full responsibility for this call.
In officiating we survive as a team and sink as a team. As a head referee I take the blame even though it wasn’t really my decision.
Great learning experience. Because referee is showing card,calls pk doesn’t always means that he is making a call.
Again, I have no reason to believe this isn’t Prus (the account isn’t verified). And while the tweets are both an acceptance of responsibility and simultaneous deflection of blame, it is refreshing to see some transparency some officials after making controversial decisions.
Before Sounders FC left for Honduras, I asked coach Sigi Schmid if the team can appeal the red card while acknowledging it’s obviously not a case of mistaken identity. Here’s how Schmid responded:
“I don’t know what the appeal process really is in the league. Generally they only allow you to appeal if it’s mistaken identity. I think it was a mistaken decision. When you swing I guess you get a red card. When you get hit, you get a red card. I don’t know. I’ve asked them to look at the replays to see it. It was a situation where I think the referees all consulted, including the fourth official, and I think the person with the best view didn’t let his feelings be known strongly enough and the person with maybe the worst view is the one who ended up making the call on the play.”
Certainly something to keep an eye on in the next couple weeks. Gonzalez will be able to play in the team’s next two CCL games, but I suspect the red card won’t be able to be overturned before the Aug. 28 home game against Chicago.
But back to the Prus comments. What do you think of them? Nice to see or too little too late?