Four days after Reign FC’s 1-0 home loss to Portland Thorns FC was marred by a controversial penalty-kick decision, PRO’s Review committee released a statement on the call by referee Margaret Domka. PRO stands for Professional Referee Organization and oversees all matters officiating in MLS and the NWSL.
Back to Saturday’s game, you might remember Seattle coach Laura Harvey told reporters the referees “a joke,” and goalkeeper Hope Solo said it was a “dubious call.”
Here is the statement from PRO’s Review committee, as issued by an NWSL spokesman:
“After a pass is made from Christine Sinclair to Allie Long, referee Margaret Domka witnessed Seattle Reign defender Kristen Meier hold Allie Long inside the penalty area to prevent her from gaining possession of the ball, and called a penalty kick. The available video evidence does not show this hold to have significantly impacted Long’s ability to play the ball prior to being cleared by the Seattle defense, and play should have been allowed to continue.”
Translation: The penalty kick should not have been called.
And here’s another note, from Liviu Bird of the Cascadia Soccer Wire…
In related news, NWSL says any fines for post-game comments would come by the end of the week, following review and appeals processes.
— Liviu Bird (@liviubird) May 29, 2013