Red Bulls falter badly with dysfunctional midfield
Posted by Paul Gardner on Mar. 31, 3:30 p.m.
Whether Jerome de Bontin, the former Red Bull general manager, resigned or was fired early in March hardly matters when trying to assess the health of the franchise.
FA's re-refereeing absolves a cheat
Posted by Paul Gardner on Mar. 30, 11:04 a.m.
I have to return to the case of Andre Marriner, the English referee who recently misidentified a player, causing him to red-card the wrong guy.
Wenger, Warts and All, Is Still the Man
Posted by Paul Gardner on Mar. 28, 12:52 a.m.
Defending Arsene Wenger is becoming a rather thankless task. His repeated calamities -- both in the signing of players and then in getting them to perform on the field -- seem almost designed to mock anyone trying to take his side.
Marriner's Mistake -- but FIFA's Fault
Posted by Paul Gardner on Mar. 24, 11:53 a.m.
The tangled situation and the snap decision that led EPL referee Andre Marriner to red-card the wrong player during Saturday's Chelsea-Arsenal game have been, and will continue to be, argued at tedious length.
Klinsmann hardly the one to condemn rough play
Posted by Paul Gardner on Mar. 20, 4:40 p.m.
Jurgen Klinsmann has a reputation for being well-organized and disciplined. I suppose, rightly or wrongly, you expect that from a German.
Replacement Referee -- not quite what Alan Kelly bargained on
Posted by Paul Gardner on Mar. 13, 8:15 p.m.
We now know the identities of the replacement referees PRO used to officiate this past weekend's opening MLS games. If there was any doubt about that, PSRA -- the referees union (recognized by the National Labor Relations Board as such) -- published a list of them on its website. Complete with photographs and short bios. The information was headed "MLS ...
Ref lockout is a lose-lose situation for PRO and MLS
Posted by Paul Gardner on Mar. 7, 1:39 p.m.
It's not easy to see what MLS is gaining from its hard-line stance in the ongoing dispute with PSRA, the referees union.