Guest speedmonk42 Posted July 22, 2009 Share Posted July 22, 2009 Conspiracy wise it may not be as simple as dollars in Gold Cup. I think it may also be a bit broader and subtle. There is who are, and who we might become. Who we are. Referees make snap decisions. We are not supposed to win, ever, if any conversations with soccer people is any indication. This 'prejudice' exists deeply in the soccer community. If you look at things like implicit association tests, and how they are greatly unconsciously affected by simply putting pictures of famous positive black role models in the hallway leading to the room where you take the test.... the same thing must happen to referees based on those ingrained prejudices we see in every corner of the soccer community and society. So the statement 'earning the right' to get the calls is probably very very accurate, but it is for the large part unconscious. The same way IATs are influenced by your surroundings. Who we will become. This is probably more conscious. Jam, Hon, Gaut, El, Pan, Trin ect... have to know their days are numbered if we truly get our crap together up here. The federation will largely become a three horse race. They all know it and so does a referee from El Salvador. So it is a bit contradictory in a sense but I think there are two competing ideas but they both work against us. One that we are crap because of who we are, the other conscious one being that we are not so crappy and under performing and could very well leap far ahead where we currently are in fairly short order. One is a cultural soccer thing. The other a more knowledgeable technical soccer thing. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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