Interesting discussion around the ref tent today, curious what this group thinks. Blue #4 is on a yellow for a reckless challenge in the 1st half. We're in the 85th minute, U16B, high competitive league. Blue up 2-1. Match temperature is under control but rising (Center did an excellent job managing). Blue #4 on the ball. White #2 comes in for a tackle and gets him late. Clear reckless foul. Center is right there and is clearly going to card White #2. Blue #4 hops up and says something to the Center - I didn't hear exactly what was said, for discussion assume it meets a reasonable threshold for dissent but not abuse. Center gives YC to White #2 and Blue #4. 2nd yellow for Blue #4 so off he goes. Post match AR2 suggests that wasn't the correct way to handle things. The logic goes: - not much time left in the match - the foul / dissent were part of the same incident - sending off Blue puts them at too big of a disadvantage relative to what happened AR2 said at Nationals he had a similar incident in a semi ... late in the match two kids started shoving each other. He went yellow for both, one of the kids already was on one and got the RC. Post match the referee coaches said he should have managed with a warning. He got downgraded big time for his decision. To be clear, the point wasn't to avoid 2nd yellows ... the idea was specific to the situation - not much time left, an incident where both teams were involved and one participant is on a yellow, try to manage without the red. Never thought about it this way before. On the one hand, if you're on a yellow it's on you to manage it ... no dumb stuff like kicking the ball away, bad tackles, complaining, etc. Not crazy about giving you a free pass. I can see the other side of the argument, however. Again, this only applies to a specific set of circumstances. Thoughts?