Mike Petke goes off on referees


SANDY, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – Following Real Salt Lake’s 1-1 draw against Sporting Kansas City, Real Salt Lake head coach Mike Petke went on a post-game tirade in which he passed out photographs to the media, illustrating the referee mistakes.

Petke, who was ejected during the second half for arguing with the referees, was irate about the lack of calls made for his team, especially one in which forward Joao Plata was pulled down by Kansas City’s Saad Abdul-Salaad on a breakaway.

“You see the still frame right here of him in a headlock,” Petke said holding a photgraph. “In a freaking headlock, and nothing is called. I am who I am. If I do not act the way I do, I can’t sleep the next four weeks. I have players that have given me everything.”

Petke was already upset after Kyle Beckerman was issued a red card for extending his arm in Wednesday’s victory at Portland. RSL appealed the ruling, but the red card decision was upheld by Major League Soccer.

Petke will miss Real’s next game against Columbus because of the ejection.

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