Boston Breakers / National Women's Soccer League / Washington Spirit

Fines for Boston, no additional action against Harris following Wednesday action

The NWSL announced today that the league has fined the Boston Breakers for comments made by head coach Tom Durkin and general manager Lee Billiard criticizing the officials in Wednesday’s 3-3 draw against the Washington Spirit.

There were a number of controversial calls made, including three penalty kicks (two for Boston, one for Washington) and a red card that was issued to Breakers midfielder Maddy Evans.

The league also announced that after reviewing an incident that involved Washington goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris appearing to shove refereeĀ Dimitar N. Chavdarov in the 88th minute, that there was “minimal contact” and that the league would not level any additional punishment on Harris.

The incident occurred after Spirit defender Ali Krieger fouled Boston forward Jazmine Reeves. Krieger earned a yellow card for the play but it was after the card was given that tempers appeared to boil over as Harris tried to say something to Reeves. Chavdarov stepped in to break up the argument when it looked like Harris extended her arms and pushed the head referee. She did not receive a card during the match for the incident.

What do you think? Should the league have set a precedent for contact with officials (however minimal it may have been)? Or did the league do the right thing by not suspending/fining Harris? Let us here your thoughts below:


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