The players, by their actions, decide whether they get a suspension. Not the referee. All the referee does is apply the rules!While I think the spirit of a one-game suspension for subsequent caution is good, given that it aligns with policy in other soccer platforms across the country and world, I have reservation that something which could at times be comparable to fouling out of a basketball game carries a suspension into the next game.
As before, I have reservation about something that carries the merit of ejection in soccer but is not an ejection in other sports having the stark penalty of a two-game suspension (and also its impact on why soccer is perceived to have a higher ejection rate). I get why it has to be the case though.
I think the escalated violent conduct suspension is a good idea. However, it's something that will put more pressure on the referee in terms of how they define the ejectable offense in the report. Since ejections and their reporting cannot be appealed, the referee now "decides" if a player is getting suspended two or four games