Today we learned that Seattle Reign FC has been fined an undisclosed amount for head coach Laura Harvey’s comments following the Reign’s 1-0 loss to the Portland Thorns FC last week.
Harvey’s comments stemmed from a penalty kick awarded in the 84th minute of the aforementioned match after referee Margaret Domka “witnessed Seattle Reign defender Kristen Meier hold Allie Long inside the penalty area to prevent her from gaining possession of the ball and called a penalty kick.”
Following the match Harvey was quoted as saying “The referees are a joke. Next question.”
Harvey went on to state via Twitter that “Watched replays over and over. Still doesn’t get clearer!!! I have a hard time with this one!! #confused”
Earlier this week the Professional Referee Organization (PRO) said the foul should not have been called and “play should have been allowed to continue.”
Official statement from the NWSL regarding the fine:
National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Executive Director Cheryl Bailey announced today that Seattle Reign FC have been fined an undisclosed amount for comments critical of the match officials that were made by general manger and head coach Laura Harvey following Saturday’s game against the Portland Thorns FC.
All fines collected by the NWSL will be donated to a charitable partner to be announced.