The incident involving Friedel and Torres in the EPL game last week had certainly produced some ruffled feathers here and there in the referee community, not only on this site, but on SocRef and Big Soccer. Even Graham Poll (yes, that one) has squawked about it in the MailOnline. Those in the flock with ruffled feathers are generally concerned that the FA's refusal to add a suspension to Friedel's expulsion undermines the referee (and by extension) all other referees. But does it? What is the role of the referee?