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Carver rips into referee after TFC done in by handball call
April 20, 2009, 8:20 AM
Filed under: John Carver, Toronto FC

To say that John Carver was disappointed with referee Tim Weyland’s performance in Toronto FC’s 3-2 loss to FC Dallas here last night would be an understatement, to say the least.

After digging themselves out of a 2-0, first-half hole on goals by defender Adrian Serioux and forward Chad Barrett, TFC looked like they’d salvaged another hard-earned road point. But a late handball call on defender Marvell Wynne changed all that, and Kenny Cooper’s clinical penalty kick with seven minutes to go sent the visitors to their first loss away from BMO Field this season.

Afterward, Carver ripped into Weyland in his post-game press conference.

“I’m having a go at the referee today because his performance was a disgrace,” Carver said.

On the decisive play, Dallas forward David Ferreira ran onto a clever pass from winger Dave van den Berg just inside the area. As Ferreira made a quick cut inside Wynne, the ball popped up and struck Wynne’s outstretched arm and Weyland didn’t hesitate in pointing to the spot.

“Now, you tell me how a guy who’s running flat out can change direction having to have his arms down by his side. It’s impossible,” said Carver.

“I’m sure the referee couldn’t change direction with his hands in his pockets.”

Carver also disagreed with Weyland’s decision to award a free kick in a dangerous position on the lead-up to Dallas’ opener. Carver insisted Serioux, the Scarborough native that TFC acquired in a trade with Dallas on Feb. 24, won the ball cleanly. Off the ensuing set piece, Dallas midfielder Dax McCarty found Drew Moor’s head in the box to put the hosts ahead in the 25th minute.

“I think sometimes maybe they forget it’s a man’s game, there is contact, you’re allowed to tackle,” said Toronto captain Jim Brennan. “Some of the calls, I don’t know. It seems like every time you go to tackle you get called. So if there is a certain way you’re supposed to tackle and play aggressive in this league, I’d love to know.”

Carver had some issues with MLS officiating in his first season with TFC last year, getting into a yelling match with a fourth official during one contest.

The loss spoiled a spirited comeback from the visitors, who dominated the second half after playing on their heels most of the first.

Barrett’s goal was his first of the season. The pressure had been mounting on the striker after he’d squandered numerous scoring opportunities this campaign, particularly in a recent two-game homestand during which TFC went winless.

Adding insult to injury, or perhaps the other way around, star forward Dwayne De Rosario left the match with a hamstring injury and is not expected to play when MLS-leading Chivas USA visits TFC on Wednesday night. Carver said De Rosario is also doubtful for Toronto’s tilt against Kansas City at BMO on Sunday.

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