Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Soccer Ejections: Ricardo Salazar (1)

Continuing the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League "Other Sports" coverage, we turn to a controversial soccer ejection.

Referee Ricardo Salazar ejected New York Bulls striker Thierry Henry for Excess Contact during the Bulls-Timbers game. After scoring his 8th goal of season, Henry and Timbers midfielder Adam Moffat appeared to engage in a physical dispute. Replays indicate Henry's left hand briefly contacted Moffat's head; Salazar ejected Henry after conferring with Assistant Referee Peter Manikowski. This call is correct under UEFL Rule 6.b.ii.e., which governs ejections for Excess Contact.* At the time of the red card & ejection, the contest was tied, 3-3. The contest eventually ended in a draw, 3-3.

This is Ricardo Salazar's third ejection of the season.
*This call is correct under UEFL Rule 6.b.ii.e.

Wrap: PTLN-RBNY Wrap 06/20/11

Video (1): Henry receives Red Card


jhd said...

Wow, when did Hawk Harrelson start doing soccer?

Anonymous said...

This is actual a sport I know something about having been an upper level soccer official for 9 years now.

Henry clearly slaps Moffatt in the back of the head (no matter how slight it may have been). USSF (FIFA) demands officials take contact to the head (in any manner) with utmost seriousness especially with all of the attention paid to concussions over the past 5 years. Good spot by the AR, proper application by the team of Salazar and the AR and an obvious idiot of an announcer

Anonymous said...

That announcer being idiots seem to run from sport to sport because we see announcers in baseball misstating a rule and interjecting their opinions into the game and now we see it also happens in soccer...think this is just by chance? my money is on no

Anonymous said...

By rule, correct, common sense, not a chance. There is a reason the NFL is changing it's zero-tolerance "head contact" rule to be a bit more forgiving for what are some rediculous calls being made, that were the rules, but uncalled for.

Anonymous said...

As always - it's the announcer that drives me nuts on this clip. No one came to see the referees. Exactly, that's why the referee gave him a red card - the ref needed to step in, be decisive and get the game moving. The players had escalated the conflict and if the ref didn't hand out a red card the teams were going to start taking liberties with each other and the game of soccer was going to become a game of intimidation.

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