Vancouver Fans and Players show Homophobia and Racism the Red Card
Red cards were in the stands (and should have been on the pitch) at Bell Pitch in Downtown Vancouver on Saturday.
It was the first Independent Supporters Council action held at BC Place – Show Racism (and Homophobia) the Red Card! - To commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. As mentioned in Fridays post, the Southsiders included Homophobia in this action, which was even more poignant given the Colin Clark incident from the night before.
The Southsiders cut out a couple hundred red cards for fans to hold up between the anthems and the kick-off. My dad — always a good sport — even came prepared with his own cards cut out of construction paper that he had made at home — what a keener. The club made a special announcement over the PA explaining the action which got a resounding hand from both teams on the pitch.
The game was heated with multiple shady tackles, terrible calls and a near full line brawl complete with pushing, shoving and what looked like an errant swing (and miss) by a DC player resulting in only a Yellow to Hassli. Thousands of fans in the stadium were offering the Ref, Kevin Stott, red cards from their pockets to show to McDonald for the swing at Hassli – it made for quite the spectacle. MLS is going to need to solve their reffing issue if the league wants to be taken seriously.
The game itself was forgettable, no discernable offence from the ‘Caps. For a team with such offensive firepower on paper, they sure looked off target. Eric Hassli was back to his petulant ways, throwing fits and sitting on the ground after every foul or non call. Yes, Camilo should have passed the ball in the 70, but you aren’t helping anyone by having a temper tantrum on the pitch. You know Martin Rennie will not be putting up with that kind of attitude for long. If not for Darren Mattocks’ freak deep frying accident, I would expect him to start the next game; instead, look for fan favorite Long Tan to break the starting 11 next week if Hassli doesn’t work his poutiness out in training.
One bright spot on the night was the play of Joe Cannon. He was in control from start to finish, making some key saves on DeRo and Salihi to maintain the clean sheet – making Vancouver the only team yet to concede a goal in the league. BOOM!
Alain Rochat’s injury looks like it might be serious. He was on crutches Monday at the Reserve game – club statement says knee sprain. Look for soccer ally Jordan Harvey to be starting against his former club next week in Philly.