Date:Wed, 4 Aug 2004 00:46:29 -0400
Reply-To:Jim Gordon <[log in to unmask]>
Sender:Discussion of Topics for Soccer Referees <[log in to unmask]>
From:Jim Gordon <[log in to unmask]>
Subject:Re: A tale of 2 cities: Or when is a 1 game suspension not a 1
Gil Weber wrote
> Kezman (Chelsea) and DaCourt (Roma) were sent off. ...
> Before tonight's game the CEO of Chelsea confirmed
> that per FIFA regulations Kezman would sit out the game.
> However, in Saturday's match (Celtic vs Roma) DaCourt
> played, despite being sent off in that previous match vs Chelsea.
> So, what's the deal? Why does Kezman serve a 1 game
> suspension while DaCourt does not?
Speculating, I can see several possible reasons. I assume that the rules of
the competition don't require the sit-out. The LOTG don't require a
sit-out. I assume it's debatable whether FIFA ROC apply.
a) It might be that Chelsea really believe that the FIFA ROC apply, or
b) Maybe Chelsea are much more punctilious about sportsmanship. ;)
c) Chelsea might have slyly wanted to make Roma look bad.
d) Chelsea might have wanted to rest Kezman anyway.
Or any/all of these might have applied.
It's easy for me to speculate without any knowledge of the actual situation.
I feel sit-outs are none of a ref's business, anyway -- I attest to the
roster (and anybody who is identified as not playing because he's sitting
out) and let the league take care of sanctions.