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MLS referee lockout officially ends: League agrees to seven-year CBA with PRO and PRSA, lasting through 2030

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To begin the season, replacement officials have been overseeing matches after the Collective Bargaining Agreement between PRO and the PSRA expired on Feb. 12. A proposal was rejected by more than 95% of officials leading to the lockout when the referees judged that it didn't offer enough of the quality of life improvements that they were expecting. The new agreement will now be the longest CBA for match officials in MLS history.

During the lockout players and managers have expressed frustration with the quality of the replacement referees. A red card given to Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Marco Delgado during their match against Inter Miami, was eventually rescinded, fpr examplem and friction was growing across the league.

Head coach Laurent Courtois spoke about the difference in officiating during CF Montreal's match against the Chicago Fire.

"22 added minutes, red card on the (Chicago) GK that isn't given... Third goal came from a corner that shouldn't have been, first goal was offside...Something was taken away from my guys." Courtois said following the loss to the Fire.

'We want those experienced refs back, Seattle Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan said after their draw with the Colorado Rapids where Josh Atencio was dismissed with a red card.

Source: CBS Soccer

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