The Verdict is in…

… and Steve is suspended for this Sunday.   Check out this email I’ve received from the League about Player Conduct.  This is mandatory reading for RAFC before next game, there will be a quiz on Sunday. Anyone caught cheating or doesn’t pass with at least a B- on the exam will be fined $25 and then executed.  Thank you, come again.

Please read this email carefully as the content applies to every team.

The following players received Red Cards on Sunday 10/24/2010:

Steve Weatherby – Real Average FC – Men B2 – 2 yellow cards = 1 non-violent red card – $25 fine – 1 game suspension (10/31)
Omar Cifuentes – The Hitman Alliance – Men A – 2 yellow cards = 1 non-violent red card – $25 fine – 1 game suspension (10/31)
Ethan Greninger – Foothill United – Men A – red card for Abusve and Insulting Language – $50 fine – suspended for remainder of season (cannot come to field)
All fines are due within 5 days of the incident (Friday).
Teams will not be allowed to play another game until the fines have been paid in full without exception.
The link to pay a fine:
In addition to these red cards, we had two red cards on 10/17 and two on 10/10.

The Spirit of the Game.

With 62 teams spread over 7 divisions, the Sunday Pasadena league has become very competitive. There is a lot of pressure for teams to play hard and win, but the play must be fair and with respect for the opponents and referee.

The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rests with the captains.

1. Player Conduct: In the event of a player failing to comply with instructions by a referee, or criticizing by word or action the decision of a referee, or showing dissent, or generally behaving in a manner which might bring the game into disrepute, the referee shall caution the player.

2. Fair and Unfair Play: The referee is the sole judge of fair and unfair play.

3. The Spirit of the Game involves RESPECT for:
Your opponents
Your captain
The roles of the referee
The game’s traditional values

4. It is against the Spirit of the Game:
To dispute a referee’s decision by word, action or gesture
To direct abusive language towards an opponent or referee
To indulge in cheating or dangerous practice, for instance:
To advance towards a player or referee in an aggressive manner
To seek to distract an opponent either verbally or by harassment

5. Violence: There is no place for any act of violence on or off the field.

6. Players: Captains and referees together set the tone for conduct of the soccer match. Every player is expected to make an important contribution towards this.

The match on Sunday between LA Tango FC and Foothill United may have been one of the worst representations of the Pasadena Adult Soccer League ever.

Tensions were high and players were playing very aggressively. Both teams showed a clear lack of respect for the opponents and referee. The intensity level rose after a hard foul by a player on LA Tango FC resulting in a yellow card. A similar play occurred in the second half from a Foothill United player, who was sent off the field by the referee. He verbally challenged the call in an abusive manner and was issued a red card. For over 10 minutes the player continued to verbally abuse the referee from the sideline. Not a single player or captain from Foothill United made an attempt to calm down the player. The entire incident was observed by the Pasadena Flag Football League, over 30 people, which included several children.

Dangerous play and abusive and insulting language will not be tolerated. Yes, we at Adult Sports Management value and encourage a high level of play, but not at the expense of integrity and safety.

Thank you for taking the time to review this email.

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