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Twitter Reactions: Ted Unkel Sends Off Orlando City Defender Rafael Ramos

It was a stunning decision by the veteran referee and athletes and pundits reacted...strongly.

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Look, we all saw the play and we all have our opinions of both the decision to send off Rafael Ramos in last night’s match, and on Ted Unkel as a soccer referee in general. From the non-partisan soccer fan, Unkel ruined what could have turned into an entertaining match between two of the Eastern Conference’s contending teams.

What we got instead was a tedious 60+ minutes of one side laboriously trying to break through a team heavily fortified behind its bunker. It couldn’t have been a good advertisement for the MLS product. Orlando City fans hated it for obvious reasons. Chicago Fire fans probably felt their team had a better shot to score if Orlando was willing to bring numbers — any numbers — forward.

Here’s how the soccer and media community reacted to the decision:

And obviously, Ramos himself appreciated the remarks of Orlando City’s fans and his colleagues who offered their support.