Level 4 Referee
Guzan (the goalkeeper) was not on a caution. This was a straight red with no previous caution. I honestly have no idea with Martinez (the referee) was thinking starting to pull the yellow out first. He ultimately made the right call, but wow are the optics bad here.I think there is more than a good enough chance of the attacker getting to the ball without the foul. The still below is taken immediately after he was fouled, it isn't as if the ball has gone that far away from him. As others have said, the game expects a red card there.
That said, it is really bad officiating. If any of his colleagues think it was red they should be in his ear straight away, it isn't as if he pulled the yellow out so quickly they didn't have a chance to come in. Once the yellow came out they should have stayed out of it, it made it look like the players changed his mind. (I'm assuming he definitely wasn't already on a caution?)
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One of the instances where a flash yellow does absolutely nothing but make a fool out of the ref. Flash red might also have ended up in a ruckus but at least it'd have been the right decisionExhibit A of the dart-throwing that is CONCACAF refereeing. Keep in mind that a referee who has a FIFA badge ruled this as a caution.
Were there any other cards after this?Exhibit A of the dart-throwing that is CONCACAF refereeing. Keep in mind that a referee who has a FIFA badge ruled this as a caution.
This was a horrible tackle but I am still wondering how did the tackled player mange to throw in a break dancing move after the tackle?Exhibit A of the dart-throwing that is CONCACAF refereeing. Keep in mind that a referee who has a FIFA badge ruled this as a caution.
And I believe they had VAR on this. How is a yellow not a clear and obvious error here? And the neck grab as mention by Santa.