Head of PRO Peter Walton Defends MLS Referees

Peter Walton, the head of PRO, the referee organization in Major League Socce, went on ESPN FC to defend the organization against the criticism from fans and media around the league. 

Walton took questions from Twitter, amongst barbs from the panel of Paul Mariner, Stuart Holden, and Steve Nicol, and called PRO's credibility "sound".

Sunday's game between the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls drew heavy scrutiny after referee Hilario Grajeda made a couple of controversial no-calls. Walton told ESPN FC that the Red Bulls should have been given 2 penalties after Alex Muyl and Gonzalo Veron went down in the box on separate occasions in the second half. Walton said the call on Veron was a deserved penalty only "when you look at it in slow motion." The game ended in a 2-2 draw after LA rebounded from a 0-2 deficit. Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch was ejected after the incident with Veron. 

Walton added in the interview, when asked about credibility of PRO, "we don't have a credibility (issue) to fix, there's nothing broken at the moment. What we've got is, we've got a clear expectation level from the public, and from the players and managers about raising our standards and our standards are raising. And with that, the expectation level raises as well...Our credibility is down at the moment."