MLS fines Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson for Twitter remarks
MLS Commissioner Don Garber has fined Portland Timbers Owner Merritt Paulson $25,000 for inappropriate conduct directed at the officials, and through the use of social media, during and after the Timbers’ match against D.C. United on Sept 29, 2012.
After a questionable handball violation led to a D.C. United penalty kick, Paulson tweeted:
Let’s be real…nfl replacement refs have nothing on mls primary refs. Sick of this garbage
I will happily take the fine. Its atrocious. Should balance out. Guess policy is to balance JWF atmosphere
All season long…not a single damn pk awarded to us. Numerous cut/dry blown calls. And let’s give DC a gift for good measure
Paulson also reportedly confronted the referees on the field directly after the match.