Sam Staab’s red card latest to be overturned

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The National Women’s Soccer League’s Independent Review Panel has once again overturned a red card, this time for Sam Staab of the Washington Spirit.

Early on in Sunday’s game between the Spirit and Gotham FC, Staab was issued a red card for a foul just outside of the box.

Washington appealed the red card successfully upon review, which determined that Staab “had not denied an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.” Staab is now eligible to play this weekend after all disciplinary action was rescinded.

It’s a tough streak for the league’s referees, who have been called out by many for their inconsistencies. A string of retractions by the league’s Independent Review Panel seems to be an implicit acknowledgement from the league that the referees are getting it wrong.