FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Chicago Fire star Bastian Schweinsteiger expressed frustration at both New England Revolution midfielder Scott Caldwell and referee Joe Dickerson in the wake of his team’s 2-2 draw at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.
The two rivals’ contest was physical and got heated at times – even resulting in a mass confrontation prior to the start of second half stoppage time.
Both sides went at each other after Caldwell stripped Schweinsteiger of possession in the 88th minute and went in on goal alone. Schweinsteiger, who was in his own end of the field, appeared to collapse and seemed to motion to players on both teams to halt play.
Dickerson never blew his whistle and Caldwell continued, though a scoring opportunity never fully materialized.
Schweinsteiger appeared to go down because of a hit he took from Revolution striker Guillermo Hauche in the 83rd minute. Schweinsteiger was eventually substituted out for Jonathan Campbell in the second minute of stoppage time once officials managed to cool off both sides.
“Elbow, probably,” said Schweinsteiger of the hit he took from Hauche.
“Obviously it’s allowed. I just felt it and I wanted to stop the game and I showed it, I think, to the players,” Schweinsteiger said. “Next time I obviously have to kick the ball away.
“In a way it was disappointing that people don’t see these kinds of things and have a little bit of fair play, but okay, it is how it is. Obviously it was my mistake to not play the ball out or the referee could maybe also see it if he has a little bit of feeling for some situations you can handle it differently. Obviously here it’s not the case.”
Schweinsteiger called out the Revolution for how much they fouled – though the Revs had 17 fouls, just one more than Chicago’s 16, according to league’s official score sheet.
However, Dickerson did allow Revolution players to get away with some hard hits. Hauche wasn’t cautioned on his foul on Schweinsteiger and Dickerson maybe could have ejected Brandon Bye for kneeing Dax McCarty in the back late in the first half rather than a yellow card.
“If you see the whole game you need to also see the characteristic of team,” Schweinsteiger said of New England. “I don’t know about you but if you see how many fouls they made – I’m okay with aggressiveness and all this stuff, it’s completely okay – but [given] the numbers of situations, I think you can handle the game different.
Obviously here it’s not like in Europe and more things are allowed – ask Zlatan [Ibrahimovic].”
Revolution coach Brad Friedel said he and his staff told Caldwell and the players to stop from the sidelines. Caldwell said he believed in playing until the referee blows his whistle.
“I gave the sign to the players,” added Schweinsteiger. “If you are smart player you handle the situation different. Worst was that the referee let the game continue in my eyes.”