Oklahoma City Energy FC: Professional Referees Organization looking into why Energy FC match was stopped short

According to Energy FC general manager Jason Hawkins, there was no indication as to why the match was called early.
by Chris Brannick Published: July 18, 2014
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photo - A member of the Oklahoma City Police Department, front right, escorts referee Leland Grant, front left, off the field following Thursday's 1-1 draw between Energy FC and Arizona United at Pribil Stadium. Photo by Steven Christy/Oklahoma City FC
A member of the Oklahoma City Police Department, front right, escorts referee Leland Grant, front left, off the field following Thursday's 1-1 draw between Energy FC and Arizona United at Pribil Stadium. Photo by Steven Christy/Oklahoma City FC

As Oklahoma City Energy FC prepares to face Los Angeles Galaxy II at 7 p.m. Saturday, questions still remain as to why Energy FC’s match with Arizona United on Thursday was cut short, resulting in a 1-1 draw.

Energy FC coach Jimmy Nielsen said after Thursday’s match he thought there would be seven minutes of added time to the end of the game, but referee Leland Grant blew the final whistle in the 93rd minute. Players from both Energy FC and Arizona United rushed toward Grant demanding to know why the game was stopped. An Oklahoma City police officer ran onto the field to escort Grant and the other officials to their locker room.

The Professional Referees Organization handles assignments and all responsibilities for the United Soccer League’s Pro division, and its rules state that no one, including media and team officials, are allowed to approach a referee after a match. According to Energy FC general manager Jason Hawkins, there was no indication as to why the match was called early.

“We received the game report that the referees fill out after every match,” Hawkins said. “There was not anything in the report that says why the game was shortened or anything like that. We can ask PRO, and they can ask the referee. We can’t ask the referee.”

United Soccer League president Tim Holt said referees are not employed by the league, and USL doesn’t even assess referees’ performances.

“We’ve referred this matter to PRO for them to do their own exploration or investigation,” Holt said.

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by Chris Brannick
Copy Editor, OKC Energy FC Reporter
Chris Brannick is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he served as Sports Editor of The Vista, UCO's student newspaper. Originally from Utica, N.Y., he graduated from Sallisaw High School in 2003.
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