It's the controversy that just won't die, or at least not until the this playoff series between Houston and DCU is buried.
Peter Walton, general manager of the Professional Referee Organization, has officially changed his opinion of the controversial non-call that occurred just before halftime in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Championship.
After originally stating to the NBC network that he felt Andre Hainault's arm-hook/leg-wrap take down of Raphael Augusto deserved a yellow card, Walton now believes the offense was red card-worthy --an infraction that would have awarded United a penalty kick and would have left Houston down a man for the remainder of the match.
"In review of that play, my opinion has changed," Walton said in a release on ProReferees.com on Wednesday. "In as much as the defender, which I thought in real time would have influenced the play, clearly was behind the action and therefore the disciplinary sanction should have been a red card for denial of a goal scoring opportunity.
"I made the initial statement on my real time opinion without having the advantage of a replay. Having reviewed the replay, it is clear it ticks all the boxes for a denial of as goal scoring opportunity and a send-off should have been the outcome."
And that outcome would have significantly impacted the rest of the match. The Dynamo went on to tally three unanswered goals in the second, including the equalizer scored by Hainault himself.
"I agree with [Walton]," smirked Olsen after practice on Wednesday. "It was real. It's a real call that could have changed the course of this series and it's disappointing. I don't feel like we've gotten the greatest shake for the last couple weeks with the whole playoff series but that's what it is. We'll move on and we have a huge task ahead of us."