Note: Make sure you read the first posting in this blog first for full value. Scroll down or click on 'Red Card For Swearing' in the blog archive on the left.
Things went as I had expected (but hoped they wouldn't) at the next game. With three players out to red-cards, no subs, and one of the starting 11 with a wonky ankle, two of our players had to sit out the second half after playing the full first half and pulling muscles.
With yet-another-red-card-for-swearing (this time legitimate, but possibly due to frustration?), we were down to 8 players at the end of the game, which was a 5 - 1 loss.
We're glad this is over, and hopefully we can get back to a normal season, even though our normal season will be starting in the third game. Looking back, I think I really did make my point in the Discipline meeting, and I think they heard it, but couldn't act as they are tied to tradition, and to a BCSA Rule that says there is no review whatsoever of the automatic one-game suspension due to a red card (FIFA doesn't state this, but BCSA extends the FIFA rule). Once a red card is out of the pocket, it's virtually impossible to put it back in.
As it was pointed out to me, almost every attendee to a Disciplinary meeting thinks they are right, and that they have been wronged by the referee or the system, so that when a real valid argument comes up (like mine :-), it gets lost in the ongoing noise of the never-ending cry of wolf.
With any luck, that's probably all there will be on this topic.