As expected, Chivas USA head coach Wilmer Cabrera was fined for his comments following last week's loss to the Seattle Sounders. MLS announced on Friday the first-year Goats boss was fined an undisclosed amount by Commissioner Don Garber.
In the game against the Sounders, Chivas were awarded an early penalty, but they also went down a man late in the game courtesy of a straight red card given to Marky Delgado for a challenge on Gonzalo Pineda. Tied 1-1 when Delgado was sent off, Seattle scored the winner a few minutes later, and Cabrera let loose with his criticism of the officiating, both in that match, and in recent weeks for Chivas.
In case you missed it, here are a few of the choice comments that landed Cabrera in hot water with the league:
"We don't receive the respect and we don't receive fair consideration from the refereeing."
"At this point, it's fair to say the players feel that they don't receive respect from the guys in yellow."
Additionally, Cabrera apparently explained that the fact that the team is about to undergo a rebrand means they aren't getting a fair shake from the officials.
According to the poll I put up in association with the story on Cabrera's remarks over the weekend, readers overwhelmingly disagreed with Cabrera's assertion that there's an anti-Chivas bias among MLS referees.
Still, with Chivas leading the league in red cards and fouls at the moment, it will be interesting to see how the refereeing goes the next several weeks, and how Chivas plays. If they rein in some of the physicality, that could help their case, but who knows. We'll see.
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