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By RYAN TOLMICH
After seeing his team miss out on a crucial victory due to a controversial referee decision, Toronto FC’s Michael Bradley let loose.
The midfielder blasted the state of refereeing in MLS, insisting that Saturday’s official David Gantar, a Canadian referee assigned by the Canadian Soccer Association as opposed to PRO, is “just not good enough” to referee in the league.
“They continue to assign Canadian referees with Canadian teams playing against American teams,” Bradley said. “It makes no sense how you can continue to assign Canadian referees when an American team is playing against a Canadian team. It’s obvious that these guys are going to make a conscious effort to show they’re not biased one way or the other.
“It’s not the first time we’ve had (Gantar) this year,” Bradley contined. “What can you say? He’s just not good enough. It’s just unfortunate because we’re fighting for our lives and when you see how much every guy in here puts into it and the performance over the course of 90 minutes, to have two points taken from you at the end of the game, it’s just not good enough.”
Bradley went on to continue with the message that it is the league’s responsibility to clean up the state of refereeing in the current game.
“The league can make all the excuses all they want,” Bradley said. “They can say they are working with PRO and bringing (PRO General Manager and former Premier League referee) Peter Walton in and all this stuff, but at the end of the day it’s not even close to being good enough. Consistently they put referees out there who are in over their head. It’s a shame because they ruin games and totally decide the outcome of the game.”
Video of Bradley’s discussion of refereeing can be seen after the jump:
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