As expected, the North American Soccer League rejected yesterday the Diplomats' protest of Sunday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Cosmos in which two Washington goals wree disallowed by the referee.
"The Washington protest was directed at judgment calls by the game officials," NASL Commissioner Phil Woosnam said. "At no time in soccer -- or in any sport, for that matter -- may an official's judgment ever be used as the basis for protest of the outcome of the game."
Woosnam, who attended the nationally televised (Washington was blacked out) game at RFK Stadium, added: "After a thorough review of the game tapes, I would like to point out that both calls by the officials were justified."
The Dips and a record RFK soccer crowd of 53,351 thought otherwise. After Alan Green's goal late in regulation was canceled, senior linesman Gordon Arrowsmith was pushed by the Dips' Joe Horvath, punched by a fan and, finally, hit on the back of the head by an object thrown from the stands.
That goal was disallowed, according to the league, because Ken Mokgojoa of the Dips fouled Jeff Durgan, who was in position to clear the ball.
The first goal disallowed occured in the 23rd minute when Johan Cruyff's shot was ruled out because Green was obstructing the goalie.
No aciton was announced on a yellow card given Cruyff and red cards handed out to Horvath and Carmine Marcantonio.