Thursday, April 30, 2009

4/30/09: Marrufo Suspended A Game, Bliss Asks For More


Blanco and Marrufo, a day in the park.
Blanco and Marrufo out on the town clubbing.
Marrufo posing for the camera displeases Blanco, leads to Marrufo owing Blanco one.
I don't know how, but somehow Toronto is involved.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Marrufo will be suspended for a game:
The U.S. Soccer Federation will not formally discipline referee Jair Marrufo for accepting a jersey from Chicago Fire star Cuauhtemoc Blanco after a 2-2 tie with the Crew on Saturday.

Marrufo will be pulled off a Major League Soccer game he was scheduled to work this weekend but will not be terminated or suspended. The decision was made by U.S. Soccer officials, including director of referee development Paul Tamberino, in concert with MLS officials.

"(Marrufo) was informed his actions were unacceptable," U.S. Soccer spokesman Neil Buethe said. "He agreed he made an error in judgment in accepting the jersey after the match. He's not being suspended. (Pulling him off a game) is a chance for him to clear his head a little bit."

Bliss asks for more according to Prost Amerika:
A Columbus Crew official today gave a very measured response to the incidents during and after the controversial MLS match between Columbus Crew and Sounders’ next opponents Chicago Fire.

Brian Bliss, the Technical Director of the Columbus Crew, does not accuse Mexican international Cuauhtemoc Blanco of being successful in influencing the decision making process of referee Jair Marrufo in the 2-2 draw, but does feel that the appearance of the communication between them sends out the wrong signals.

He told Prost Amerika Soccer, “I don’t believe this is the club’s position (that Blanco succeeded in influencing the referee’s impartiality) or that there was intent from Blanco or Marrufo, but there will always be some doubt. We are all human and can always be subconsciously affected weather there was intent or not. In order to make sure the correct message is sent, we feel a significant suspension of the referee would be fair.”

Looking at how Marrufo runs to get the ball after the first goal to try to get a quick restart for his master Blanco, he should get more:


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