A couple reporters got to catch up with Sounders FC goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann after Friday’s practice.
The veteran was ejected from Wednesday’s game from the bench for arguing a non-call in the first half, when it appeared Sporting Kansas City defender Ike Opara committed a hand-ball in the penalty box.
Hahnemann, who will be suspended Saturday against San Jose, went on about a two-minute, 400-word rant on the subject, which I’ve transcribed below:
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“Well, I don’t think I’ve ever been thrown out of a game. And everyone in the whole stadium saw the hand-ball. So I said… What did I say? I don’t exactly know. But something to the question of, ‘How is that not a hand-ball?’ I might’ve added a couple of words in there. Maybe the fact that the whole stadium took a deep breath in, because everyone thought it was a penalty, so the stadium went silent, (made it so) he heard maybe every word I said.
“If we’re going to red card everybody who says the F-word… I think I told him to do his job, or something like that. And then I was pissed. We’re away from home, a blatant hand-ball like that, and I don’t know how they don’t see that. But the ref did see it, because I was talking to one of their players after the game, and they were complaining about a free kick that hit one of the guys in the wall. They were claiming for hand-ball, and the referee said, ‘Well, I can’t give that if I didn’t give the one to them in the first half,’ or something like that. So he saw it and chose not to give it.
“That’s pretty blatant hand-ball. If that’s not a hand-ball, I don’t know what is. Is that a sending off? No, because it’s not intentional, but it’s still a hand-ball. The thing was going in the goal possibly. It’s got to be a call, so it’s pretty frustrating. And you know what? I’m a pretty passionate person. I’m not playing right now, which is frustrating in itself, but I’m still passionate about our team. I want our team to do well. I want our team to get out of the funk. I don’t know. I don’t know how you can have no passion. It’s a pro sport.
“If that’s the precedent they’re going to set, who’s going to be left? We’re not going to have any fans at our games, because they’re all going to be thrown out, as well. So I don’t know. I don’t what he thought he heard. I didn’t call his mother anything or anything like that. It was nothing even good, you know what I mean?”
“If that was the first F-bomb ever on the bench, then I’d be very surprised.
“I don’t want to miss any games; it’s pretty frustrating. … Do I think it’s justified? No. I don’t. But you have to take the punishment and that’s it.”