Perhaps I overreacted. You can be a soccer ref in the Congo. After all, the Congo needs soccer refs too. What you can't be is a soccer ref in the Congo that has integrity. You can't be a soccer ref in the Congo and have an undying need to remain unbiased. I'm not saying I don't feel bad for this guy who got beaten mercilessly by a swarm of enraged fans, I am just saying that he learned a valuable lesson in the process. When you are a soccer ref in the Congo not only do you need to know your audience, but you need to do everything and anything to play to that audience, or else you run the risk of that audience chasing you across the field and making your eye sockets look like golf balls. I think fair play is pretty important, but personally, I am not risking my life for it. Maybe this referee thought differently, but I would be surprised if a little internal bleeding didn't change his mind. Next time it might be smart to just keep that red card tucked safely into the back pocket unless the person being tripped plays for the home team. A soccer ref should never feel more obligated to perform his job admirably than a police officer, and those cops had as much interest in upholding the law (does the Congo have laws?) as James Harden does in playing defense.