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DiCicco criticizes officiating in new league
May 19th, 2009 7AM

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[REF WATCH] After his team's 1-1 tie with the Washington Freedom on Sunday, Boston Breakers coach Tony DiCicco said officiating in the new Women's Professional Soccer League is "getting scary now."

The former U.S. national team coach told the Boston Globe that:

"It's just not good enough. They're over their head. They have to learn, just like the players have to learn to play at this level and coaches have to learn coaching at this level, and the refereeing has to get better at this level."

For one, DiCicco decried the lack of protection his star player, forward Kelly Smith, is getting. She has been fouled a team-high 20 times in five games.

"I don't want to see my players hurt," DiCicco said. "You've got to protect the creative player. Every time Kelly gets the ball, they're at her heels. They're kicking and she's not going to dive. She's the most fouled player in the league and she's played one less game than anyone else."

Dallas Malhiwsky was in the middle for the Boston-Washington clash.

"I think there were a lot fouls and there are things that happen on the field and you can foul and you can play on and she didn't even see what the play-ons were, and I don't think the assistant referees helped them," DiCicco said. "So it's something the league has to be concerned about, and I'm willing to take a fine to make the statement on it."

 



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