June 25, 2013
NO ISSUES WITH THE CALL
Petke: Sam's red card was 'a bit justified'
By Michael Lewis
|Mike Petke on Lloyd Sam's red card: “I really believe – and this may be one of the few times I don’t say something against the refs – it was a judgment call that, either way, would’ve been justified."
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Midfielder Lloyd Sam saw red on Sunday, though Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke certainly didn't see red when talking about his midfielder's ejection on Tuesday.
Petke, who was fined $2,000 by Major League Soccer for his criticim of referee Geoff Gamble after a 2-2 home draw with the Columbus Crew in May, thought Lloyd Sam's red card was "a bit justified" in the Red Bull' 3-0 loss at the Philadelphia Union on Sunday.
“I really believe – and this may be one of the few times I don’t say something against the refs – it was a judgment call that, either way, would’ve been justified. I believe it was a bit justified that he did get a red card," Petke said during his weekly Tuesday conference call with the Red Bulls media.
“Perhaps another ref in MLS, or around the world would’ve went the other way with a warning. But overall, he did show his cleats, the ref made the call and he is justified in that.”
Sam was shown the door on a straight red card by Baldomero Toledo after challenging Union midfielder Danny Cruz on a 50-50 ball.
“My initial thoughts are gpoing by the laws of the game or whatever, he did show his studs," Petke said. "I don’t think it was vicious. I think they both went down into something. It was a judgement call by the ref that either way could be justified,’’ said Petke. “If you look at the replay, I didn’t initially go crazy on the red card. I was angry and upset. But looking at it now, it's honestly not even in my head.”
Sam will miss Sunday's 2 p.m. home game against the Houston Dynamo.
The Red Bulls, however, will get central defender Jamison Olave and central midfielder Juninho, who missed the match with a red card and a yellow-card suspension, respectively, will return on Sunday.