Real life scenario. CR in a hs match thats already 5-0 for home team. Home springs a quick counter from around midfield and their attacker goes in all alone on the opposing keeper. I sense a potential problem and get there (8-10 yds away) asap....when the keeper knocks the attacker off the ball (100% foul) about five yards into the penalty area just above the penalty spot. I see a trailing home attacker running on to the play wide left as the ball squirts out towards him and I think to myself "ok, if he bangs it in I'll save myself the dogos red." Of course, no such luck so I blow the whistle, point to the spot...and SLOOOOWLY walk towards the keeper looking to see if theres any other teammate of his is close by so I can avoid the send off. No such luck. The closest defender is still about five yards behind me. I replay all four D's in my mind and can't find an "out" anywhere...not even close. So I show the red card. The keeper goes off without a peep, none of the players say anything, but I see the visiting coach going ballistic on the touchline. I run over and tell him its a dogso red and he's still furious. I try to explain the dogso to him and he tells me "Ive never heard such a rule". By now I'm thinking either a) this guy is messing with me, or b) he really doesn't have a clue. The following exchange then occurs: Me: you agree its a foul? Coach: Yes Me: You agree its a pk? Coach: Yes Me: You agree your keeper was the last man? Coach: Yes Me: And you still don't know why I gave him a red card? Coach: Yes, thats correct. I shake my head, tell him my decision is final, his player has been sent off and we're restarting with a pk. He's still ranting and raving as I run back to the play. I'm chuckling inside of me. Three of the players on the home team I recognize as refs are all laughing as well and shaking their heads. Game ends, the coach is still furious and one of his fans "confronts" me about the call. I tell him its a dogso and walk to my car. I don't think anything else of it...basically another clueless hs coach. Two days later I'm doing a match in a neighboring town and my ars heard about that match as well, telling me the hs coach is complaining to anyone he can find. It appears this has become the talk of the town, so to speak. My question is, what would the repercussions have been had I "eaten" the red card, should have I kept it in my back pocket, and what should I do about this coach? Mind you, his argument wasn't that I shouldn't have given the card given the score of the game but rather that such a rule DOES NOT EXIST. Is this a case where you have to dumb things down and find a creative solution? I seriously thought about not giving a card at all, but knowing the "soccer landscape" in this particular area, I decided to give it so that no "smart aleck couch ref expert" could later claim I didn't recognize a dogso. Nonetheless, my question is what to do with such a blatantly ignorant, yet insistent, coach...who also "rates" you.