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MLS' Replacement Refs In Spotlight After Dubious Call Against NYRB

A game-tying, disputed penalty kick call against the MLS Red Bulls last night against the Rapids "was a key moment in the match," however the notion of MLS and its referee affiliate reaching a quick resolution on their labor dispute accordingly "seems remote" (N.Y. TIMES, 3/16). For MLS, if "more questionable calls continue to occur, [the] impetus on ending the lockout of the regular referees will increase" (EMPIREOFSOCCER.com, 3/15).

Meanwhile, the Professional Referees Organization and the Professional Soccer Referees Association are "in 'intense mediation sessions for approximately 23 hours over course of 2 days,' ref union says." There likely will be no updates until Tuesday (TWITTER.com, 3/14).
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